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Cover story The 2011 BNP Paribas Showdown set for MSG On Feb. 28, the BNP Paribas Showdown returns to New York City and Madison Square Garden where Andre Agassi will take on Pete Sampras, and John McEnroe will take on Ivan Lendl in two exhibitions featuring four legends of the 80s and 90s under one roof.

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12 Long Island Tennis Magazine Presents … Sandals and Beaches Resorts Along With Liberty Travel Tennis and Much More! Take a look at our special feature on some paradise locations where tennis can be played in our special travel section.

14 The Three Most Important Factors in Choosing a Tennis Racket: Weight, Balance and Swing Weight By Roman Prokes Tennis racket technician Roman Prokes shares his thoughts on some of the important factors to consider when purchasing a new tennis racket.

Subscriptions To receive subscription information, contact (516) 409-4444 or e-mail info@longislandtennismag.com or check out our Web site: www.litennismag.com. Fax subscription changes to (516) 409-1600. Statements of fact and opinion in Long Island Tennis Magazine are the responsibility of the authors alone and do not imply an opinion on the part of United Sports Publications Ltd. Long Island Tennis Magazine reserves the right to edit, reject and/or postpone the publication of any articles, information or data.

Eric Meditz takes a look at what he feels is the next big weapon to be used in tennis … the reverse forehand.

10 Court Six: Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Gossip Column By Emilie Katz Emilie Katz delves into the off-court lives of the sport’s top stars.

16 USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region A message from the USTA/Eastern-Long Island President, upcoming Region events and an introduction to the 2011 Region Board.

15 A Recipe for Success By Steven Kaplan Steven Kaplan takes a look at motivation and what is required mentally to put your tennis game over the top.

26 An Early Look at the 2011 World TeamTennis Season As the summer approaches, World TeamTennis will again begin league play, and we get an early post-draft look at some of the competition who will be taking on the local squad, the New York Sportimes.

28 Functional Movement Screening By Dr. Steve Jonas Dr. Steve Jonas takes a look at a method to preventing post-match aches and pains through functional movement screening (FMS).

30 One-on-One Doubles Rocks Out at USTA Billie Jean King Na-

18 Adult League Wrap-Up By Kathy Miller Kathy Miller looks at the upcoming Adult, Senior and Super Senior USTA Leagues.

19 Dr. Tom on Loss By Dr. Tom Ferraro Sports Psychologist Dr. Tom Ferraro provides tips on how to properly deal with defeat.

22 Fitness and Nutrition Tom Saglimbeni takes a closer look at interval training and Dr. Juan Gargiulo looks at the diminishing of one’s testosterone supply and what can be done to ease the issue in this month’s “Fitness and Nutrition” section.

tional Tennis Center By Bret Shearer Brent Shearer recaps the recent One-on-One Rocking Doubles event held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and the rise of the format.

33 The 2nd Annual Long island Tennis Expo: Sunday, March 6, 2011 Save the date as the 2nd Annual Long Island Tennis Expo is set for Sunday, March 6, 2011 at Farmingdale State College’s Roosevelt Hall (Expo Room and Auditorium). Be on hand for the interactive discussions and presentations featuring tennis pros, college coaches and tennis industry insiders.

40 Long Island Tennis Magazine 2011 Summer Camp Guide A look at some of the area’s top camps and what they will be offering this summer.

52 How to Become a Better Competitor By Tonny van de Pieterman Tonny van de Pieterman discusses the player-coach relationship and revealing the path to success.

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34 The Sand Pit: This is the Beach’s Game By Zach Smart Guest columnist Zach Smart takes a look at the rise of the Americans in the sport of beach tennis as the sport moves onto the Sony Ericsson Open in Florida and deep into the heart of Texas.

35 College Tennis Spotlight: Mythbusters … College Advisors Agree on Everything By Ricky Becker Ricky Becker chats with former Brown Men’s Tennis Coach Jay Harris of Sportime as the two chat about making the jump to the collegiate ranks.

38 Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Literary Corner By Brent Shearer Brent Shearer takes a look at the short story by Cheston Knapp, A Minor Momentousness in the History of Love, a tale of love and tennis set against the backdrop of the 2001 Sampras-Federer Wimbledon quarterfinals.

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We take a look at the upcoming boy’s high school season and take a closer look at Cold Spring Harbor’s Josh Levine.

50 Tips From the Tennis Pro: A Better Approach to Volleys

56 QuickStart and 10-and-Under Tennis Making Waves on Long Island

By Chuck Russell Chuck Russell takes a closer look at court positioning during volleys in this month’s “Tips From the Tennis Pro.”

We take a closer look at the QuickStart teaching technique from the point of view of three local pros, Solomon Levy Bromet, Jason Wass and Karl Sommer.

58 Long Island Tennis Charitable Initiatives: Tennis Commu-

60 The Captain’s Code By Miguel Cervantes III

Miguel Cervantes III interviews three of the area’s “Super Captains,” Stephen Sombrotto, Jim Dileo and Adam Moromarco and learns what it takes to be a successful leader.

64 Am I the Only One Who Gets It? By Lonnie Mitchel

Lonnie Mitchell takes a closer look at thinking outside the box and the true reasons for playing the sport.

67 The Goldilocks Zone By Daniel Kresh

Author Daniel Kresh uncovers the mystery of “The Goldilocks Zone” and its position on the court.

nity Steps Up and Serves and Ace for Autism

A look at the recent event hosted by the North Shore Autism Circle at Sportime Roslyn, the First Annual Serve and Ace for Autism Celebrity ProAm tournament.

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68 Long Island Rankings Sponsored by Denny’s

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3 The Jensen Zone By Luke Jensen

The first installment of our new series “The Jensen Zone” featuring current Syracuse Women’s Tennis Coach and tennis great, Luke Jensen.

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8 First Grand Slam of 2011 Wraps Down Under as Australian Open Packs Several Upsets


By Luke Jensen ear Tennis Fanatics of the East! My name is Luke Jensen and Long Island Tennis Magazine has given me the opportunity to write a column on anything on my mind. So look out! Back in the 1990s, my brother Murphy and I played on the ATP Tour. We played our best tennis out on Exit 52 on the LIE in Commack, N.Y. The sad thing was that we also spent too much time at Jones Beach, so by the time we had to win at the U.S. Open the following week, we were played and partied out! In “The Jensen Zone,” I’m going to be covering a number of different areas, from pro tour news and gossip, along with instruction to make you better players. These days, I coach the women’s tennis team at

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Syracuse University, so I’m a fellow New Yorker! Look for my column in the future, and I hope you enjoy a perspective from my 20 years of playing on the pro tour and my 17 years of working as a tennis analyst for ESPN. Here we go with my first installment of “The Jensen Zone!” Everyone should live and compete with this understanding in victory and defeat: “It is nice to be important, but more important to be nice.” —Roger Federer I wanted to begin with that simple quote by Roger the Great. It speaks volumes about who he is as a person and as a competitor. Just the way he conducts him-

self on and off the court is an inspiration to millions of tennis fans. My brother Murphy and I have known him since he was a ballboy at the Basel ATP event played in Roger’s hometown of Basel, Switzerland. It was easy to remember him, because every year, the tournament would have him hit balls with Andre Agassi or some top player between the feature matches on stadium court. He played so much like the number one player in the world in those years, Pete Sampras. Murphy and I always thought it was funny that the tournament would bring this poor little ballboy out to showcase his talents, then right after a standing applause, tell the kid to go back to his ballboy duties at the net! Roger would have that shy smile like he still has today. continued on page 4

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THE JENSEN ZONE Knowing Roger for so many years and seeing how his career has gone way beyond even his greatest expectations, there is something very simple, true and genuine about him. None of the fame and fortune has spoiled a kind soul that cares about treating others the way he wants to be treated. It is as simple as that. I have seen him in many different situations where others have failed the test of character, but Roger aces the “Keeping Things in Perspective” test. I use film study constantly with my players at Syracuse University to improve stroke production and tactical play. But the very first thing I show them every year are the great examples of grace under pressure from Roger and Rafael Nadal. I show the trophy presentations of the 2008 Wimbledon, where Roger lost his title to Rafa in the greatest match ever played. I show

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other trophy presentations where Roger has lost. I want my players to learn how to handle defeat before we can handle the trophy in victory. It is at these very tough times, in my opinion, where Roger is truly a champion. The last few years, Roger has been playing tennis at a super nova level. I was at the right time in my ESPN career to be a sideline correspondent for many of his Grand Slam wins. What will stand out most to me and the lesson I take away from all of his victories is that when he did finish second, I could see that simple and brave quality his parents instilled in him all of those years ago. “Its nice to be important, but more important to be nice.“ If I can instill that kind of character into the players I mentor, I know I will

have prepared them for the times when character is needed and not winners for victory. Go for the lines my tennis friends …  Born in Grayling, Mich., Luke Jensen is head coach of the Syracuse University Women’s Tennis Team. Jensen’s resume includes 10 ATP Tour doubles titles and singles victories against Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier. Jensen and his brother, Murphy, won the 1993 French Open doubles title. He was also a member of the 1991 and 1992 Davis Cup Teams. His ambidextrous play, including his ability to serve the ball with either hand at 130 mph, earned him the nickname “Dual Hand Luke.” He may be reached by e-mail at lbjensen@syr.edu.

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my opinion BY ERIC MEDITZ

What’s the Story With the Future? “Eric, you seem like a really smart guy. What do you think will be the next big weapon in tennis?” I hear this question a lot, especially about the part of me being really smart. Now first off, before I go into all of my rambling, I want to make it clear that I cannot predict the future. In fact, I’m really not too sold on the whole idea of anyone’s “psychic ability” in general. The question I always have when it comes to psychics is: Why aren’t they all multibillionaires? So, with all this being said, I am going to give you my opinion on what will be the next big thing in tennis. And again, this is just my opinion; so don’t think anything less of me if my predictions don’t come true (if that’s even possible). In case you didn’t know, tennis is a sport that is constantly evolving. I would even go so far to say that weapons and strategies start to change a little bit every five years or so. This is because the technology and athleticism of the modern athlete are always changing. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the big weapon was finding ways to get to the net quickly. Chipping and charging was very common to see in points. We would also see a lot of serving and volleying, with slicing serves that pulled opponents off the court and enabled competitors to knock off volleys. Players did this because racquets were mostly made out of wood and string tensions weren’t really the exact science it is today. Sure, Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg were baseliners who were very successful because they were extremely fit for their time and were able to adapt their game to a variety of different surfaces. But for the most part 6

during this era, it was about getting to net as quickly as possible. Then, the late 1980s and 1990s rolled around and now tennis started seeing a more well-rounded athlete. Players started to hit the gym and have workout routines to strengthen their on-court performance. Jim Courier, Michael Chang and Andre Agassi were perfect examples of this. Racquet technology improved and now guys were able to hit bigger serves and become harder to break … a la Pete Sampras. As a few years went by and we entered the 2000s, we started to see less and less pure serve and volley players. It became a dying breed because the game started to get faster. The game was introduced to polyester strings, which enabled players to hit the ball a ton. It was like giving major league baseball players metal bats to play with instead of wood. Serves and forehands got bigger and bigger, and the game became a power game. If you could overpower the other guy, you were going to do well. A young Andy Roddick became very successful in the early part of this decade because he hit serves in excess of 140 mph. And James Blake made it to number four in the world hitting forehand shots that sounded like balloons popping. This power surge in strength and technology is what stopped true serve and volley players forever. If you don’t believe me, just look at Wimbledon’s Center Court during the finals. It used to be that the whole center area from the baseline to the net used to be worn down because of players serving and volleying. Now, it’s nowhere near what it used to be and the area that takes the most punishment from sneakers rubbing against it is the baseline.

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Currently over the last half-decade or so, we have guys like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray who all have allcourt games and can pretty much do anything at anytime. They are rock solid and seem to be perfect tennis players who have very few weaknesses that can be exploited. To beat these top guys, you need to be better and more solid that given day that you are playing them … a feat that not many can accomplish. But tennis will keep evolving and we will look back at this time and see how the allcourt style will eventually become an obsolete one. You see, in my opinion, I feel the next big thing that we will all see more of in the next five to 10 years will be … drum roll … reverse forehands. For those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about, a reverse forehand is the forehand Rafael Nadal hits about 90 percent of the time. It’s a forehand where, instead of turning your shoulders and hitting out on the ball, your swing line looks like the letter “C” and you finish over your head. This shot is what I believe to be the immediate future of tennis. By hitting a forehand like this, Nadal is able to generate tremendous spin and action on the ball, which becomes very difficult for opponents to handle. When you generate the type of spin that Rafa does, he also gets more margin for error because of greater net clearance, which enables him to try crazy shots from all over the court. A reverse forehand allows a player to still be aggressive when they are on the run or should catch a ball late. In fact, players over the last couple decades have used reverse forehands at times. They were known back then as “buggie-whip” forehands and were used


only when they were extended or in desperate situations to keep a ball going. Nadal is the first player who uses it when he has both of his feet underneath him and he’s set up perfectly. Now Nadal is very lucky in that he’s in a time period where the technology exists to make this a tremendously offensive shot. He wouldn’t be able to hit forehands the way he does playing with a Wilson Pro Staff strung with Prince Synthetic Gut. He plays with a racquet and string combination that perfectly balance each other, and helps him to generate that heavy spin and pace on the ball. If you watch a tennis match now, an increasing number of pro players are starting to use reverse forehands during points. I feel that this will be the next big thing to take over tennis. If you don’t believe me, just ask Roger Federer. Federer, in many people’s eyes, is the greatest tennis player to ever live, and Nadal has made him cry more times than my girlfriend has when I take her to Arby’s on a Saturday night. The reason why is because of Nadal’s forehand (the latter is because I’m broke due to a Chinese text messaging stock tip). For as good of a player Roger Federer is, he has yet to be able to successfully handle that type of spin when balls are hit to his backhand. I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next couple of years, we start to see young guys who are coming up with a very similar styles to that of Rafael Nadal. These guys will be extremely fast and athletic and will be able to attempt and make absurdly difficult shots at ease because of the action they are able to put on the ball. This will all be capable because they will be using reverse forehands instead of hitting out on them. The bottom line is that the technology is there and Nadal’s successes are the perfect blueprint to copy. After that, who knows where tennis will be, but what we do know for sure is that it will always keep evolving! Who knows, maybe a string will come out next decade that will enable a player to slice a ball so low it doesn’t even bounce. I guess we will just have to wait and see. Then again, if this whole 2012 thing turns out to be true … who the hell cares about any of this crap!  Tennis Pro Eric Meditz may be reached by e-mail at meditzisfunny@yahoo.com.

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First Grand Slam of 2011 Wraps Down Under as Australian Open Packs Several Upsets he 2011 Australian Open, the first Grand Slam event of the year, got the tennis season kicked off in style, and set a high precedent for the 2011 season, Jan. 17-30 at Melbourne Park. From day one, the Australian Open was exciting and full of upsets, especially on the men’s side. Nikolay Davydenko, who was seeded 23rd, was defeated by German Florian Mayer, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4, while 18th-seeded American Sam Querrey was defeated by the unseeded Frenchman, Lukas Kubot, in a five-set thriller, 57, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6. Young Canadian Milos Raonic made a splash when he first took out the number 22 seed, Michael Llodra of France, and again when he took out 10th seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in the third round. It took a big effort by David Ferrer to finally stop the upstart Canadian Raonic. In the quarterfinals, Rafael Nadal, the favorite to win and the world’s number oneranked player, aimed to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slams consecutively. Nadal, however, was beaten in straight sets (partially due to an injury) by his fellow coun-

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tryman, David Ferrer of Spain, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. In the semis, defending champion Roger Federer lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic, 7-6(3), 7-5, 6-4. And in the other semifinal match, it was the number seven seed David Ferrer who was defeated by Andy Murray, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-1, 7-6(2). In the finals, it was a fabulous performance by number three-ranked Serbian Novak Djokovic as he completely controlled play and defeated fifth-ranked Andy Murray in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, to win his second career major. Kim Clijsters entered the 2011 Australian Open as the unofficial number one seed and favorite to win. In the finals against tournaJunior Programs

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ment darling Li Na from China, Clijsters displayed the resolve to come back and capture the championship. The two traded groundstroke rallies in the first set, and as had happened in the Medibank International Sydney Tennis Tournament finals a few weeks prior to the Australian Open, Li had the edge. Clijsters decided to mix things up and started to slice and defend more, which helped break Li’s rhythm and earn Clijsters the win. Now the holder of the previous two Grand Slam trophies, as well as the year-end championship, Clijsters is playing the best tennis of her life. It was not a good 2011 Australian Open for former number ones, as Dinara Safina, the tragic former number one who has won only a single game in four sets played in 2011, lost to Clijsters, 6-0, 6-0. Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic also bowed out of Melbourne early. Francesca Schiavone played in the two best matches of the women’s tournament, having back-to-back classics with a nearfive-hour masterpiece win over Svetlana Kuznetsova, and a tough three-set loss to Caroline Wozniacki where she clearly tired late. Wozniacki looked ready to seize her first Grand Slam, but she lost an early lead and was defeated in the semifinals to eventual finalist, Li Na. The lone Americans to come up with a winning result were the doubles team of Bob & Mike Bryan. The Bryan Brothers swept through the doubles draw and won their finals match over Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes in straight sets. The Bryans had only one very challenging match and that was in the first round against fellow Americans Scott Lipsky, a native of Merrick, N.Y., & Rajeev Ram from Colorado. The Bryans needed three sets to overcome their compatriots, winning the match in a third set super tie-breaker.  For more information, visit www.australianopen.com.


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By Emilie Katz Evert calls in During Tennis Channel’s airing of number oneranked women’s singles player Caroline Wozniacki’s third-round victory at the Australian Open, there was a very interesting call-in. During the prime-time match, announcer Bill Macatee fielded a viewer text question from a “Chris in Florida,” who wondered if the top-ranked Danish player “Feels like the number one player in the world, never having won a Grand Slam?” Sideline reporter Lindsay Davenport, herself a former number one, chimed in with, “This wouldn’t be the Chris from Florida who is a Grand Slam winner herself, would it?” It turns out it was: Former number one Chris Evert (Nov. 3, 1975), who was watching the match on television at home.

In the booth next to Macatee, lead analyst and another former number oneranked player, Martina Navratilova, agreed that Chris’ point has become an issue for Wozniacki because she is starting to get asked about it more and more. As for Davenport, she admitted that upon reclaiming the top ranking at one point in her career, she didn’t feel like number one since she had not won a Grand Slam in awhile.

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The idea started when the brothers made some videos for a sports TV channel during last year’s U.S. Open, and the reaction from fans prompted them to do more. They’re now posting occasional spots on a videoblog, with episodes from the ATP World Tour finals and, recently, from a charity tour late last year. In it, the Bryans chase Mardy Fish down a New York street, paparazzi-style, and get wedding plan tips from retired American women’s star Lindsay Davenport.

The Petko Andrea Petkovic had just beaten Nadia Petrova in a tough three-set match at last year’s U.S. Open when her coach reminded her about a pre-match promise to do something different if she won. She kept her promise, and Petkovic has been winning over crowds in Australia with her bright smile, upbeat attitude and courtside dance that has become known as “The Petko.” The hip-shaking wiggle that followed has become a good-luck charm she has used ever since, and she credits it with helping her reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open.

Sharp-dressed men of the court Bjorn Borg and Arthur Ashe were the only tennis players to make GQ’s “25 Coolest Athletes of All Time” list.


What do they do when they’re not playing tennis? Here are a few glimpses into the off-court lives of some tennis pros via the magic of Twitter …  Check out some live NBA action: The Bryan Brothers (@Bryanbros): Seeing Lebron play for the first time in Miami against his buddies, the Cavs. Feels like we’re cheating on the Lakers!  Have sushi at Nobu: Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob): Guess Nobu was the place 2 eat 2nite in Melbourne as Roddick, Federer, Rafa and Bryan Brothers all enjoyed the pricey sushi!

 Hit the movies: Ross Hutchins (@RoscoHutchins): Went to movies last night, rushed there from training … was not worthwhile … saw “How Do You Know” … didn‘t work although such good cast.  Getting over being sick: The Bryan Brothers (@Bryanbros): Getting out of bed for the first time in three days. This bug was nasty.  Sing karaoke: Serena Williams (@serenawilliams): Karaoke time.

 Sleep through class: Venus Williams (@Venuseswilliams): I fell asleep in class. … correct that, I went to sleep in class today … jet lag, ugh!

 Check out the alma mater: Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob): On the way to UCLA/St. John’s

b-ball game sporting matching baby blue Bruin sweaters with my pops, true bonding … begin!  Watching soccer: Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki): Of course, watching the Chelsea-Liverpool game tonight :)  Dinner with friends: Caroline Wozniacki ( @ C a ro Wo z n i a c k i ) : Woke up from my nap and getting ready to meet @vika7 (Victoria Azarenka) for dinner! Looking forward to it!  Taking care of their kids: Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76): So my kids couldn’t coordinate their jet lag schedules, but they were in sync with the stomach flu. Threw up within minutes of each other!

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The Three Most Important Factors in Choosing a Tennis Racket: Weight, Balance and Swing Weight By Roman Prokes With all of the various racket companies making a diverse array of models to compliment the broad spectrum of players, how do you know which racket is best for you? There are frames that are longer/shorter, stiffer/softer, larger/smaller, wider/narrower, etc. Shopping through the walls of rows of rackets at your local tennis shop can be overwhelming. Demoing rackets is time-consuming, costly and a nuisance. Then, when you finally find a frame that suits you, you have to find a string, and then a tension! Here are three major components of the racket to simplify the process:

Weight One of the quickest things that customers can notice is the weight of the frame. This is what the average tennis player feels when they pick up a frame. The general rule is that a player should use the heaviest racket that they can handle. The benefits of a heavy racket are that you get more mass behind the ball so that the racket can do the work

for you once you start the swing. Having too much weight can ruin your timing and racket acceleration. This is not the time to pick a heavy racket because your favorite pro uses it. Keeping your ego out of the way can win you more points on the court.

Balance Over the years, I have had customers pick up the lightest frames on the wall, call them heavy and vice-versa. What is the reason for this? It is the relationship between weight and where that weight is dispersed on the racket. This is referred to as the balance of a racket. When evenly weighted the balance point would be the center of the racket, but it can sway to the head or the handle of the racket. A racket with the weight at the handle seems to be lighter than that of a racket where the weight is concentrated at the head. A headheavy racket is great for primarily baseline play, while a handle-heavy racket favors net play. You can easily see a racket’s balance

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by placing it near the edge of a table surface and seeing at what point it begins to tip.

Swing weight The result of weight and balance is what we call swing weight. This is how you really measure the true feel of when you are hitting the ball. Some even say this is the most important measure of the three for picking a racket because it is what you actually experience on the court. There is a lot of truth to this as you care about feel when you hit the ball, not what the racket weighs on the scale. This will affect your maneuverability of the racket. Now that you know what to look for, be aware of these three factors as it applies to a racket you are shopping for or even the one you use now. You will need to find a harmony among the three factors that give-and-take according to what you want. Get your hands on the physical racket before buying so that you can measure these things. Don’t be duped into purchasing a racket online and not getting the racket that perfectly matches your game, style, strengths and demands. Use the help of your local tennis shop, teaching pro or playing partner. They can give you feedback on these factors as well. Sometimes it is hard to see them yourself during play. The better-matched they are, the more you get out of your equipment, and that should be your ultimate goal to play your best.  Roman Prokes is a racket technician guru. He has more than three decades of experience in the industry. He works with several of the top touring professionals on the ATP and WTA Tours. He can be found at RPNY Tennis in Robbie Wagner Tournament Training, NYC, Citiview Racquet Club and other locations. He may be reached by phone at (516) 759-5200 or www.RPNYtennis.com.


A Recipe for Success By Steve Kaplan

layers need a support system in order to achieve success in the highly competitive world of junior tennis. This includes the resources which facilitate playing opportunities, such as court time, equipment, tournament entry fees and transportation. Ideally, this facilitation is altruistic, given without parental guilt or a coaches’ marketing exploitation. Most significantly, however, players thrive in an environment of excellence. Children rarely exceed their expectations, therefore, it is essential that they are encouraged to set the bar by which they measure success very high. The greatest motivators are the extremes of fear and security. Fear is highly motivating, especially at young ages when players are eager to please and are easily intimidated. While fear can get you to run fast and far, it does so at a great interpersonal cost. Vulnerable children become rebellious young adults very quickly. Parents who instill the fear of failure in their 12year-old children often find this tactic backfires by the age of 16. This is especially true in girls’ tennis where tournament attrition in the 18s is very commonplace. The literature suggests that girls do not define themselves by their activities as readily as boys. This means that tennis for girls is more likely “something they do” rather than “who they are.” As one 16-year-old highly-ranked female student explained to me:

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“I’m a really good kid. I get great grades, no drinking, no drugs, I mean I do everything right, except I make bad shot choices and I hear about it all the time from my parents. My sister does nothing and they leave her alone. Why should I keep doing this, I don’t need it?”

There are numerous examples of professional female players who have gone very far with motivation from demanding fathers. In almost every case, while the relationship has resulted in playing success, it has also resulted in a highly dysfunctional parent/child relationship. Coaches who motivate primarily by fear have an equally difficult time sustaining a long-term positive relationship with players.

“Fear is highly motivating, especially at young ages when players are eager to please and are easily intimidated.” Confidence derived by positive feedback and reinforcement motivates without the long-term drawbacks of fearfulness. This can be the road less traveled for parents and requires an enormous amount of time, patience and kindness. Coaches who provide structure and guidance through the development

of respect rather than fear, instill in students the inspiration and confidence to temporarily fail as they improve. This also requires patience, and even more so, professional competence. Indeed, confidence is not simply self-belief, rather, it is a lack of fear of the consequences of failure. Players who derive confidence from a positive environment in which ultimate success is expected, and temporary failure is permitted and managed, are on track for achievement.  Steve Kaplan is the owner of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as the director of Reebok Academy for New York City Parks Foundation. Over the last 33 years, Steve has been the longtime coach of more than 500 nationally-ranked junior players, 14 state high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous touring professionals and prominent coaches. Steve’s students have been awarded in excess of $7 million in college scholarship money. He may be reached by e-mail at stevenjkaplan@aol.com.

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A Message From USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region President Daniel Burgess As winter continues its strong one-two punch of snow and icy temperatures, the USTA/EasternLong Island Region is busy preparing for a very busy end of winter and early spring in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, to be highlighted by the return of the Long Island Tennis Expo, a daylong festival of all things tennis, and our 21st Annual Long Island Awards Dinner in May, following on the heels of last year’s very successful event. Tennis is growing in popularity on Long Island. Just look at the QuickStart tennis courts at clubs across the Island, and see the happy faces of youngsters learning their forehands and backhands. The Long Island Region is proud of its membership of 9,500 tennis players and fans of the sport, ranging from children to adults. But, we are constantly seeking to grow the game of tennis across the region by bringing USTA membership to more people at more clubs, facilities and community organizations. That’s why we’ve designated March as “March Membership Madness Month,” with special incentives and bonuses for anyone who joins the USTA as a new member or who renews their existing membership this month. Some of these specials include reduced-rate court time at your favorite tennis club; discounts on tennis equipment and clothing at local stores; and a specially-designed Long Island Region Member t-shirt. These benefits are in addition to all of the great advantages of USTA membership, including access to leagues and tournaments, subscriptions to top tennis magazines, discounted tickets and early ticket sales for the U.S. Open and other major events, and much more. For information on becoming a member or renewing your membership in March, please speak with your local tennis club facility or contact Roberta Feldman at (516) 658-3218 or e-mail RFL1020@aol.com. The Long Island Region Board is at your service to help your game, whether you are a recreational player, competitive junior, professional coach, club owner or just a player looking to enjoy the sport. We welcome your input, questions and concerns. Please e-mail me at amertwist@aol.com with your comments or thoughts about what you’d like to see covered in the future. Thank you for your continuing support, Daniel Burgess, President USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region 16

The Long Island Tennis Expo returns Building on the extraordinary success of last year’s event, the 2nd Annual Long Island Tennis Expo is scheduled for Sunday, March 6 at Farmingdale State College, Roosevelt Hall (Auditorium and Expo Room), located at 2350 Broadhollow Road (Route 110) in Farmingdale, N.Y. Sponsored by Long Island Tennis Magazine and the USTA/Eastern Section-Long Island Region, this day of free activities begins at 10:30 a.m. with interactive discussions and presentations featuring top tennis players, nationally-recognized coaches and leading industry insiders. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with 1,200-plus active Long Island tennis players in the Expo Hall from 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The Expo Hall will feature exhibitors including New York and Long Island tennis clubs; tennis and summer camp programs; and top manufacturers displaying the latest in tennis apparel, rackets, equipment; and much more. In addition, experts in the fields of fitness and sports medicine, representatives from tennis and travel destinations, and country clubs will be present to discuss their areas. For more information on exhibiting at or sponsoring the 2nd Annual Long Island Tennis Expo, call (516) 409-4444 or e-mail info@litennismag.com.

Grants available to foster tennis playing, community tennis development An exciting financial resource is now available to Long Island clubs, teams, community groups and individuals. The USTA Eastern Section, parent organization of the Long Island Region, is offering thousands of dollars in grants to promote and develop tennis throughout the area. Available to junior and adult programs, these grants help support junior team tennis programs, school programs, USTA leagues, National Junior Tennis and Learning chapters, community tennis associations, tennis facilities and volunteers. For more information on USTA Eastern Section grants, please contact Bill Mecca at (516) 746-5340 or mecca@eastern.usta.com, or Jocelyn Cruz, Tennis Program Specialist, USTA/Eastern Section at (914) 462-1723 or e-mail jcruz@eastern.usta.com.

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21st Annual Awards Dinner approaches

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Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 11, when the USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region will host its 21st Annual Tennis Awards Dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. This annual celebration of tennis on Long Island brings together award winners, their friends and family and the tennis-playing public for a night of celebrating our tennis community, while enjoying a delicious dinner and entertainment. Last year, more than 350 attended the dinner. Visit LITennisMag.com for details about award winners and participants in this year’s event, including our highly anticipated keynote speaker. This event is by invitation and requires pre-registration. For more information, contact USTA/Eastern-Long Island President Danny Burgess by e-mail amertwist@aol.com.

Both Nassau and Suffolk Counties will celebrate their love of tennis during the third week in May with free lessons during the special “Love on Long Island” event. In Nassau, free tennis lessons will be offered to County residents at Eisenhower Park, Parking Lot #2 in East Meadow, N.Y., in an event sponsored by the USTA/EasternLong Island Region and the Nassau County Department of Parks. In Suffolk County, the location will be announced at a later date. Anyone from the age of four to 94 can attend, but the event is designed especially for those who have never played tennis before and would like to learn how to play America’s fastest-growing sport from some of Long Island‘s top professionals. Attend this event for an afternoon of exercise, fun and an education on the sport of a lifetime. Racquets will be provided. Please wear tennis sneakers.

Additional important region dates on the calendar include:  Youth Registration is scheduled for February 28. Visit www.usta.com for information.  The 2011 BNP Paribas Showdown will take place Feb. 28 at Madison Square Garden, which is part of “Tennis Night in America.” The event brings together Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl, competing in a onenight single elimination event. Visit www.usta.com for ticket information.  On April 2-4, the Naples Grande Resort & Club in Naples, Fla. will host the USTA Annual Meeting and Conference, which brings together USTA leadership, national staff, national committee members, and section volunteers and staff in pursuit of the USTA’s mission: To promote and develop the growth of tennis. Along with leadership and committee meetings, the Annual Meeting provides educational opportunities for attendees to develop and enhance their personal and professional skills and learn new ways to promote the game of tennis. For information, e-mail Bill Mecca at mecca@eastern.usta.com.  On April 22, the Pre-U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Matches will take place. For information, visit www.usta.com.  The USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region League Captains Cocktail Party is scheduled for May 4 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. More details will follow on this event.

High school teams prep for the 2011 season The Long Island High School Boys’ Tennis Season is preparing to get underway in April. While the teams are being selected and are beginning to practice, several premiere spring events have been planned. The Nassau County High School Boys Individual Singles/Doubles Championships will take place Saturday-Sunday, May 14-15 at Oceanside High School. The Long Island High School Tennis Championship (Nassau County Champion vs. Suffolk County Champion) is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1 at a location to be determined in Nassau County. The New York State High School Boys Individual Singles/Doubles Championships will be played on Thursday, June 2 through Saturday, June 4 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing. For information on any of these championships, please contact Mike Pavlides, Region Vice President, at MPavlides@msd.k12.ny.us.

USTA Eastern Section recognizes Long Island volunteer At the USTA Eastern Section’s Annual Meeting, the Section recognized the many contributions of its volunteers. This year, Marian Morris was recognized as the Long Island Volunteer of the Year for her many hours of unselfish volunteer work in growing the game of tennis on Long Island. Pictured here, USTA/Eastern-Long Island President Danny Burgess congratulates Marian Morris on her award.

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By Kathy Miller

rganizing for the upcoming season of the Adult, Senior and Super Senior USTA Leagues for Men and Women is now in progress. For those not familiar with the USTA Leagues, it is a team format at the varying NTRP Levels. Teams are formed and play other teams of that level on Long Island. Long Island has adult (18 years of age and up) teams for women at the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and hope to start a 5.0 Level this season. For men, Long Island has teams at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 Levels. Teams at the 2.5 and 5.0 Levels play one court of singles and two courts of doubles, while the other levels play two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. Senior teams (age 50 and up) and Super Senior teams (age 60 and up), play three courts of doubles. The senior teams follow the same level format as the Adult League, while the Super Senior League is a combination of levels. We have a 6.0 Division which would be a 2.5 playing with a

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3.5 or two 3.0 players, a 7.0 Division consisting of a 3.0 and 4.0, or two 3.5 players and a 8.0 Division consisting of a 3.5 and 4.5 or two 4.0 players. To play on any of the above mentioned leagues, you must be a USTA member. There is a roster fee for each sign up of $25 and each time you play a match, it is $18 per person which is paid to the facility you are playing at. Matches are booked for two hours. The season runs from mid May to August. The winning adult teams on Long Island advance to a Sectional Playoff in Syracuse, N.Y. to play the winning teams from the other five regions of the Eastern Section. The 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5 Division Sectionals are the weekend of Aug. 12-14, with the 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 Divisions held the weekend of Aug. 19-21. The Senior Divisions have their sectionals the weekend of Sept. 16-18 in Schenectady, N.Y., with the Super Seniors the weekend of Sept. 23-25 also in Schenectady, N.Y.

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The winning teams at the Adult and Senior Sectionals advance to a National event with the different levels playing on different weekends throughout the end of September, October and the beginning of November. The National events are held in Indian Wells, Calif.; Rancho Mirage, Calif. and Tucson, Ariz. The Super Senior National event is slated for April 2012 with the exact date and location to be determined. If you would like to add a new team to the league, I must know about the team by Friday, April 1 in order to get them into the schedule. If you are looking to join an already-existing team, I will know by midMarch which teams are looking for players. I just need to know your NTRP Rating and where you live, and I will do my best to get you placed. Please e-mail me at kathym65@aol.com for more information. Presently, the Mixed-Doubles League is at the halfway point with playoffs in May. We have teams at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, and for the first time, a 10.0 Division. The Mixed-Doubles is also a combination of levels league. The winning teams from Long Island will compete at a sectional event the weekend of June 3-5 in Schenectady, N.Y., with the sectional-winning team advancing to Nationals. Nationals for the 7.0 and 9.0 Levels are the weekend of Nov. 11-13 and the 6.0, 8.0 and 10.0 Levels the weekend of Nov. 18-20. Both events are to be held in Tucson, Ariz. The USTA Leagues are a competitive, yet hopefully, friendly way to meet new tennis friends. Contact me today to get involved with a team! 

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Dr. Tom on Loss By Tom Ferraro, Ph.D. anaging loss is one of the more important skills a champion must learn. Let’s face it, everyone loses. That includes Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and all the rest. They have all

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loss begins to shake one’s confidence and urges the player to make inappropriate and unnecessary changes in their stroke, or worst yet, to quit playing. Losing causes damage when it begins to produce doubt in the player’s mind, and that can lead to a slump. To manage loss, you need a way to ventilate the feelings you have about it. You can use a coach, parent or a sports psychologist. Find someone who you trust and let yourself air out all your feelings about the loss. This will allow you to see the truth about who you are. Talking it out allows you to work through the shame, sadness and disappointment that is an inevitable part of all sports. Talking it out will help you get back normal. Loss is a part of tennis just as it is a part of life. You need to accept it as part of the game and then you will be able to carry on with your chin up. 

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BNP Paribas Showdown brings four tennis legends for one night at The World’s Most Famous Arena

he much-anticipated 2011 BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison ing south to the Delray Beach International Tennis Championship Square Garden, featuring exhibitions between tennis legends where he faced Jimmy Arias, Todd Martin and Aaron Krickstein bePete Sampras and Andre Agassi, and John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl fore heading home to show off his shot-making artistry against will take place at The World’s Most Famous Arena on Feb. 28. Lendl on The Garden court one last time. The 2011 BNP Paribas Showdown will renew classic rivalries of Lendl, who advanced to the Master’s final at Madison Square the 80s and 90s, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl will compete in a Garden a record eight times winning five titles in the process, has one-set pro match (the first player to win eight games), followed been gearing up for his showdown against McEnroe. The two legby a best of three set match between Pete Sampras and Andre ends have history at MSG, with Lendl beating McEnroe in the 1983 Agassi. Between the four legends who will grace the MSG Masters Final (6-4, 6-4, 6-2), and McEnroe winning back to back ticourts on Feb. 28, a total of 37 Grand Slam titles will be in ac- tles against Lendl in 1984 (6-3, 6-4, 6-4), and again in 1985 (7-5, 6tion: Sampras with14, Agassi with eight, John McEnroe with 0, 6-4). Recently, McEnroe beat his old foe during a round-robin seven and Ivan Lendl with eight. tournament in Adelaide prior to the Australian Open. Lendl recently Agassi, who will face Sampras in the featured match, recently re- was in Berlin, Germany where he beat Carl Uwe Steeb, 6-3, 5-7, turned from Taiwan where he was fine-tuning his return of serve and 10-7, tie-break for the third set, in an exhibition match. overall game during a couple of matches with Marat Safin. Agassi won After an eight year hiatus, professional tennis returned to Madiboth matches in third-set tie-breakers. After an emotional final ap- son Square Garden on March 10, 2008 with the sold-out NetJets pearance at the 2006 U.S. Open, Agassi returns to New York to face Showdown between world number one-ranked Roger Federer and his long-time rival, before joining him in the International Tennis Hall of former Grand Slam record holder Pete Sampras. Fame, where Agassi will be inducted this coming summer. The following two years, women’s tennis returned to MSG with the Sampras, who took Roger Federer to three sets in 2008 at Madison BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup in 2009 and 2010. Square Garden, is accustomed to the grand stage of these settings Players who participated at MSG over the past two years include Venus and is preparing for a grudge match against Agassi. Before making his and Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, way to New York, Sampras was defeated in a featured exhibition and Jelena Jankovic. against Gael Monfils, who is currently ranked number 12 in the world, The BNP Paribas Showdown, in partnership with the United States on Feb. 7 in San Jose, Calif. Sampras debuted in 1988 and played his Tennis Association, will continue their efforts to grow youth particilast professional tournament in 2002, when he captured the U.S. Open pation in the sport of tennis through “Tennis Night in America,” a nachampionship, defeating his rival Agassi in the finals. tional program which is amongst the largest grassroots initiatives the New York native John McEnroe is no stranger to Madison Square sport of tennis has ever seen. Garden where he captured the Masters title three times, twice beating his rival, Ivan Lendl. McEnroe prepared for this match by head- For more information, visit www.tennisshowdown.com. 20 Long Island Tennis Magazine • March/April 2011 • LITennisMag.com Long Island Tennis Magazine • March/April 2009

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MSG Sports and StarGames have announced that ESPN will televise the 2011 BNP Paribas Showdown live from Madison Square Garden on Monday, Feb. 28, with MSG Networks airing a replay on March 7 and 14. The one-day, tennis showcase will feature two of the greatest rivalries in all of tennis when John McEnroe faces off against Ivan Lendl to be followed with Pete Sampras taking on Andre Agassi. Starting at 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3.com will stream live the classic rivalry between McEnroe and Lendl, and at 9:00 p.m., ESPN2 will televise the final match when rivals Sampras and Agassi square off. ESPN’s coverage will showcase leading on-air commentators during the event, including Chris Fowler and Patrick McEnroe, as well as former Agassi coaches Darren Cahill and Brad Gilbert. ESPN International will distribute the matches to 45 million homes in 130 countries and territories. A replay of the BNP Paribas Showdown will be telecast on MSG Plus on Monday, March 7 and again on MSG Network on Monday, March 14. Both telecasts will feature McEnroe versus Lendl at 7:00 p.m. and Sampras versus Agassi at 8:00 p.m., with two-time Emmy Award winning broadcaster, Ted Robinson, along with Justin Gimelstob, calling the action. “We’re happy to once again have television partners who can help showcase tennis as it’s played in such an historic venue,” said Jerry Solomon, president StarGames Inc. “ESPN is a proven leader in tennis with their coverage of the majors, while MSG is the authority on the arena that shares its name. We look forward to both their broadcasts.” “ESPN has been a terrific partner, and their participation in the BNP Paribas Showdown inherently makes this an even bigger national event,” said Scott O’Neil, president of MSG Sports. “In addition, the matches will be re-broadcast on MSG Networks on March 7 and 14, so fans will have another opportunity to watch these tennis icons perform on the world’s biggest stage.” Renewing classic rivalries of the 1980s and 1990s, John

McEnroe and Ivan Lendl will compete in a one-set pro match (the first player to win eight games), followed by a best-of-three set match between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. The four alltime greats have won a combined 37 Grand Slam Singles titles and 295 ATP Tour events. The BNP Paribas Showdown, in partnership with the United States Tennis Association, will continue their efforts to grow youth participation in the sport of tennis through “Tennis Night in America,” a national program which is among the largest ever grassroots initiative the sport has ever seen. For more information, visit www.tennisnight.com.

ESPN … all four Grand Slams … all in one place Tennis has been part of ESPN since its first week on the air and has provided many memorable moments, but it has never been as important as it is today, with the U.S. Open joining the lineup in 2009, giving ESPN all four Grand Slam tennis events, something no other network has ever done. ESPN debuted on Sept. 7, 1979, and the first tennis telecast was exactly one week later on Sept.14, a Davis Cup match featuring Argentina and the United States from Memphis, Tenn. with Cliff Drysdale on the call. Almost all the tennis is found on ESPN2, giving the network the identity as the destination for tennis fans and giving the sport a home that is flexible enough to carry extensive live programming—and adding to the schedule as storylines dictate. ESPN and ESPN2 both reach 99 million households nationwide. Also, ESPN Classic shows great matches from the past and the sport receives extensive coverage on SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, broadband ESPN360.com, Spanish-language ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. For more information, visit www.tennisshowdown.com.

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Favoring Quality Over Quantity: Interval Training for Sports Performance By Tom Saglimbeni The days of lengthy low-intensity workouts, such as going for a 10-mile jog, are well behind those looking to improve their sports-related performance. Although we know we can vary our workout through the FITT Principle (Frequency, Intensity, Type, Time), changes in exercise intensity remains the single most important factor for those looking to achieve peak performance. For this reason, many athletes and coaches alike have begun to incorporate

more interval-type training programs into their regimen. With the proper spacing of work to active recovery, one is able to perform a considerable amount of high-intensity exercise without committing a lot of time to a given training session. Not only does interval training allow one to improve their cardiovascular fitness, but it also increases testosterone and human growth hormone levels, improves the amount of calories burned while resting and allows roughly an hour worth of work to be completed in 20 min. For example: Few people are able to maintain a five min. mile pace for an extended period of time. However, if we limited the sprinting intervals to 10 sec. followed by 20 sec. of active recovery (easy jogging), it would be easier to maintain race-pace speed over the entire workout. Simply put, interval training favors exercise quality over quantity!

Some information for those beginning an interval training program: Start out slow and build up to a longer more intense workout. A 10 min. workout with moderate/vigorous activity for 10 sec. followed by easy jogging for 20 sec. should be enough to get you started. How do you know if you are working hard enough and recovering appropriately? The best way to determine how hard you should be working is calculated through a V02 maximal test, which determines how efficient your muscles are at using oxygen for energy, detects maximal heart rate, and provides a starting point to work from. With this information, I recommend you purchase a heart rate monitor. Training without a heart rate monitor is equivalent to driving without a speedometer; you need feedback during exercise so you know how intense you are working. During the working phase of the in-


terval, your heart rate should be between 7585 percent of your maximal heart rate from the V02 test. While in active recovery, 55-65 percent of max heart rate should be sufficient to start out. For example: An individual may have a maximal heart rate of 190. This person would have their heart rate between 142161 beats per minute for 10 sec. during the working phase, followed by a heart rate of 104-123 beats per minute for 20 sec. during the recovery phase. This would be repeated 20 times for a 10 min. workout session. The human body is able to supply energy to muscles through a number of different metabolic systems; some utilizing the oxygen we breathe and others using stored forms of energy from food sources. Serving a tennis ball or sprinting to the net recruits stored forms of energy, otherwise known as the ATP-PC system (activities lasting 10 sec. or less). Energy for activities lasting under two min. is provided by anaerobic pathways (don’t require oxygen). When a strenuous activity lasts for longer than two min. without rest, the body is forced to recruit oxygen for energy production. If an athlete were to run as hard as possible for as long as possible, they would quickly fatigue having accomplished little work. Likewise, if an athlete went for a slow 10 mile jog, they would only be improving their ability to run for 10 miles. Interval training is able to effectively condition both aerobic and anaerobic energy pathways that are necessary to improve sports per-

formance: More endurance for those long tournaments and an improvement in power output/sprinting ability!  Tom Saglimbeni is currently the exercise and nutrition specialist at AgeFocus Medical Management in Southampton, N.Y. For more information, call (888) 724 4484, e-mail info@AgeFocus.net or visit www.AgeFocus.net.

Can Testosterone Deficiency be Preventing You From Staying on Top of Your Tennis Game? By Juan Gargiulo M.D. You used to have lots of energy, looked forward to a tennis match, were able to concentrate and perform, and overall, looked and felt great, but with age, you noticed some of these things started to change. Could testosterone deficiency be playing a role in your performance? Menopause in women has been a long understood condition by both physicians and the general public for some time. On the contrary, a condition called andropause (male menopause) is commonly overlooked

as a significant cause of many health problems that middle-aged men experience. Medical research shows that there is approximately a 10 percent decline in testosterone levels every decade after the age of 30. The transition to andropause is subtle at first, making it different from menopause in women which has a sudden onset. Between the ages of 40 and 55, it is very common for men to experience symptoms consistent with a drop in hormone levels. At an optimal level, testosterone has the ability to: Increase bone density and formation, increase muscle strength and mass, enhance energy, as well as mood and sex drive, improve erectile function, and decrease body fat. It also has a positive effect on lowering LDL (bad cholesterol), increasing HDL (good cholesterol), lowering blood pressure, and creating a sense of well-being. Furthermore, optimal testosterone levels protect the brain against protein deposits that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. How to know if you are experiencing andropause? Many conditions that we used to accept as symptoms of “normal aging” in men are really due to decreasing levels of testosterone. At 20 years, it’s common to feel invincible, and by the age of 30, most feel at their prime—but slowly, things start to continued on page 24


F I T N E S S A N D N U T R I T I O N continued from page 23 change. Men report increased feelings of tiredness and a lack of energy. Consistent reports discuss the inability to obtain the same benefits from workouts that were previously achieved, whether it be for weight loss purposes or to gain muscle mass. Other complaints include difficulty concentrating, changes in mood and sexual dysfunction. Along with the tangible things men experience, detrimental changes in cholesterol, blood pressure and bone composition can also occur. The bottom line is, if you are experiencing several of these symptoms, you may be experiencing andropause. What diagnostic tools and tests can you use to assess your current hormone levels? A comprehensive physical history and examination by a physician who understands andropause is the first step. Blood tests are then done to determine current hormone levels and to assess any other risk factors for early markers of disease. Lastly, bone density, DXA body composition, flexibility/strength, and cognitive function tests should be completed to better understand the current state of the body. Is it possible to raise testosterone levels naturally? Yes, there are a few things men can do to

increase testosterone levels. These include: interval training exercises to increase testosterone and growth hormone, weight loss, eating a low glycemic diet to lower insulin levels, reducing stress and limiting alcohol intake. However, testosterone supplementation is also available to achieve this goal. Is it possible for testosterone supplementation to cause prostate cancer? When men receive supplemental bio-identical testosterone treatment to help with andropause, a primary concern is prostate safety (cancer and benign growth). Clinical trials to date have shown no evidence of cancer-causing effects or abnormal prostate tissue growth with testosterone supplementation. Because middle-aged men are at a higher risk for prostate cancer overall, careful monitoring for prostate disease is considered mandatory with or without supplementation. What choices of bio-identical testosterone supplementation are available on the market? At this moment, it is important to clarify two points. First, it is not wise to undergo hormone replacement as it is not preferable to shut down the body’s own output. There-

fore, testosterone should only be used to reach levels held in the prime years of a male. Secondly, testosterone therapy should not be used for the sole purpose of increasing muscle mass (body building), or enhancing sports performance. Using testosterone in the absence of low blood levels commonly found in men experiencing andropause, and not under a physicians care, is dangerous and illegal. It also has the ability to cause many unwanted side effects. Bio-identical testosterone can be administered by injection or compounded by a certified pharmacy as a gel. Deciding the proper form will depend on patient preference and response to treatment. A male starting hormone therapy will require regular checkups with their physician, and blood tests should be done every two or three months at the beginning of treatment. Many of the symptoms associated with andropause will start to improve within a few weeks of treatment.  Juan Gargiulo M.D. is the medical director at AgeFocus Medical Management in Southampton, N.Y. For more information, call (888) 724 4484, e-mail info@AgeFocus.net or visit www.AgeFocus.net.

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World Number Ones and Top American Talent Highlights 2011 World TeamTennis Draft Selections It won’t be difficult to find a player in the World TeamTennis (WTT) Pro League presented by GEICO this summer who has spent time at the top of the world rankings. Ten current or former world number one players highlighted the 2011 World TeamTennis Marquee Draft held Feb. 15. World number one-ranked Kim Clijsters and the top-ranked doubles team of Bob & Mike Bryan, who all recently won titles at the 2011 Australian Open, are returning to the League in 2011. Clijsters will return to the New York Sportimes lineup, while the Bryan Brothers will play for the defending WTT Champion Kansas City Explorers for the seventh consecutive season. The WTT Pro League, presented by GEICO and cofounded by Billie Jean King, is a professional sports league featuring three generations of tennis stars playing in a co-ed team format. The 2011 WTT Pro League begins July 4, concluding with the WTT Finals on July 24. With more than 765 professional tour singles and doubles titles among them, including 122 Grand Slam championships and six Olympic gold medals, the marquee player field for the 2011 season is an all-star lineup. Tennis legend Pete Sampras returns to the WTT Pro League for the first time since 2007 after the Newport Beach Breakers picked up the 14-time Grand Slam singles champion with the overall number one selection. A quartet of current U.S. stars was selected during the WTT draft on Feb. 15. The Philadelphia 26

Freedoms drafted Melanie Oudin with their first pick, the second overall selection in the Draft. This will be the first season of World TeamTennis action for Oudin. Mardy Fish is heading west to the Sacramento Capitals, John Isner returns to the Boston Lobsters and the Washington Kastles drafted Sam Querrey. Joining Querrey on the Kastles roster are two former world number one players, Serena Williams and Venus Williams, while Isner’s Boston teammate will be James Blake. Martina Hingis, a former world number one in singles and doubles, returns to the New York Sportimes to once again play for the team she helped lead to the WTT title in 2005. Hingis spent the 2010 season with the Albanybased New York Buzz, who consolidated with the Sportimes on Monday. Hingis will join Clijsters and team captain John McEnroe on the star-studded Sportimes roster. The Sportimes will play five home matches at Sportime Stadium at Randall’s Island in New York City, and will bring two of their home matches to SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y., during the WTT season this July. One of the matches in Albany will feature Clijsters, and the other will showcase the Bryans and their Explorers’ teammates taking on the Sportimes. St. Louis selected a trio of popular players, bringing back 2010 WTT Female MVP Lindsay Davenport and Anna Kournikova, and adding Australian star Mark Philippoussis to the lineup for his first WTT season. Dates for the Marquee Player appearances

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will be announced when the League schedule is released in March. Team lineups will be finalized at the WTT Roster Draft on March 15. Marquee players typically play a limited schedule while roster players play the full season. Additional marquee players could be added prior to the start of the season.

WTT Pro League Marquee Player Draft Selections (in Draft order): 1. Newport Beach Breakers: Pete Sampras 2. Philadelphia Freedoms: Melanie Oudin 3. Sacramento Capitals: Mardy Fish 4. St. Louis Aces: Lindsay Davenport (first round protection), Anna Kournikova (second round protection), Mark Philippoussis (selected in third round) 5. Washington Kastles: Serena Williams (first round protection), Venus Williams (second round protection), Sam Querrey (selected in first round via trade with Springfield Lasers for draft order and consideration) 6. Boston Lobsters: James Blake (first round protection), John Isner (second round protection) 7. Springfield Lasers: No selection (traded draft position to Washington for visit pick and consideration) 8. New York Sportimes: John McEnroe (first round protection), Kim Clijsters (second round selection), Martina Hingis (third round draft selection) 9. Kansas City Explorers: Bob & Mike Bryan (first round protection)

New York Sportimes to Play Two Home Matches in Albany This Summer as Part of WTT The two New York based teams in the WTT Pro League presented by GEICO are consolidating their efforts for the 2011 season, League officials have announced. As part of the agreement, the New York Sportimes, based in New York City, will bring two of their home matches to the SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y., during the WTT season this July. The Sportimes will play their remaining five home matches at Sportime Stadium at Randall’s Island in New York City, the new $19 million facility that Sportime Clubs opened in July 2009, now also home to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. The New York Buzz franchise, which has played their matches in Albany and previously in Schenectady over the past 16 WTT seasons, competed in the WTT Pro League from 1995 to 2010. Sportimes owner Claude Okin also announced that the USTA Eastern Section has signed on as the host sponsor of the

Sportimes as part of a cooperative marketing effort to support USTA programs in the Metro and Northern regions of the Section. The partnership will also launch a new player drive around the WTT season and every New York Sportimes match night will promote USTA programs, with emphasis on 10-and-Under tennis and Junior TeamTennis. Sportime Clubs, parent company of the New York Sportimes, and operator of 13 tennis and sports clubs across New York state, owns a 16-court tennis, fitness and swim club in Schenectady, and has been a major sponsor for the Buzz over the past several seasons. “This move was a natural progression for our franchise and for our company,” said Sportime CEO Okin. “We want the NY Sportimes to gain the support of all tennis fans across the state and Nitty Singh (owner of the Buzz) was the reason we came to the Capital Region to start with. I can’t wait to work with Nitty and with all the great folks of the USTA Metro and Northern Regions to share the buzz of WTT action between two of the state’s great tennis playing cities and their surrounding communities.” Jeff Williams, recently elected president of USTA Eastern Section, explained, “The Section’s support of our WTT franchise will be dramatically elevated in 2011 and I couldn’t be more excited. WTT is a great community tennis event and definitely the perfect platform to highlight USTA programs and to meet our mission of growing the game. With the USTA itself now a partner in the League, we wanted to see whether we couldn’t be the first Section of the USTA to step it up as a major sponsor of our franchise.“ Singh will remain involved as the local promoter and event director for the two Sportimes matches in Albany. Singh, who has promoted tennis events in the area since 1982 and who guided the Buzz to the 2008 WTT title, said she wanted to refocus her efforts on two big events rather than operation of a year-round franchise. “We’re taking the fan and sponsor experience to a higher level with two fantastic nights of World TeamTennis action,” said Singh. “It’s a Grand Slam tennis experience. We will have big names coming to Albany each night, and our most loyal fans will follow the team back and forth from New York City. It will be a great new era for World TeamTennis in the Capital Region.” Dates and players for the WTT season, including the two Albany matches, will be determined over the next several weeks. The Sportimes start building their lineup on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the WTT Marquee Player Draft. Teams are finalized on Tuesday, March 15 at the WTT Roster Player Draft. The 2011 schedule, which will include matches in 10 markets this July, is expected to be released in early March. The 2011 regular season runs July 4-21, with the top two teams in both the Western and Eastern Conferences advancing to the WTT Conference Championships on July 22. The WTT Finals presented by GEICO will be on Sunday, July 24. For more information on the New York Sportimes, visit www.NYSportimes.com or www.NYSportimes.com/Albany.

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Functional Movement Screening By Dr. Steve Jonas ould you like to stop feeling as if your energy is being sapped as you are playing tennis, and even eliminate the aches and pains you feel afterwards? A functional movement screening (FMS) may be the solution. The purpose of the functional movement screening is the assessment of an athlete’s general mobility and stability with special attention to asymmetries. Measures are taken through observation of a series of

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athletic positions common to athletic activity, which will allow the screener to locate the problem and prescribe corrective exercises to re-educate the body into proper functional symmetry. An FMS can indicate whether there are energy leaks, or a reduction in the body’s ability to perform at maximum levels. These leaks translate into sub-optimal performance and a much higher chance of injury. Ideally, our muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves work in perfect harmony as they receive messages from the brain.

Those communications cause us to move with precision, proper speed and power. A complete FMS includes seven tests for qualitatively assessing functional movement:  The Deep Squat challenges total body mechanics when performed properly and assesses bilateral, symmetrical and functional mobility of the hips, knees and ankles.  The Hurdle Step challenges the body’s proper stride mechanics during a step-

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ping motion and assesses bilateral functional mobility and stability of the hips, knees and ankles.  The In-Line Lunge challenges the body’s trunk and extremities to resist rotation and maintain proper alignment and assesses torso, shoulder, hip and ankle mobility and stability, quadriceps flexibility and knee stability.  The Shoulder Mobility Screen assesses a bilateral shoulder range of motion, combining internal rotation with adduction and external rotation with abduction.  The Active Straight-Leg Raise Test assesses active hamstring and gastrocsoleus flexibility, while maintaining a stable pelvis and active extension of the opposite leg.  The Trunk Stability Push-Up assesses trunk stability in the sagittal plane, while

a symmetrical upper-extremity motion is performed.  The Rotary Stability Test assesses multi-plane trunk stability during a combined upper and lower extremity motion.

“Ideally, our muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves work in perfect harmony as they receive messages from the brain. Those communications cause us to move with precision, proper speed and power.” Most importantly, the FMS can identify overcompensations and prevent microtraumatic injuries. It can help prevent future injuries and compensations by addressing potentially damaging functional patterns.

Undergoing an FMS and following a prescribed exercise prehab program over a given period of time increases the likelihood of a significant improvement in performance. Drs. Holly and Steve Jonas perform Functional Movement Screenings at Jonas Chiropractic, (516) 921-1925, located at 2A Jackson Avenue in Syosset, N.Y.  Dr. Steven Jonas is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College. He continued his post graduate work becoming certified in Activator, Cox and Active Release Techniques. He is one of the founders of the New York Chiropractic Council, as well as a past president. In 1992, he was named New York State Chiropractor of the Year. Being in practice for over 30 years, Dr. Jonas specializes in the treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of injuries to the spine and extremities. For more information, call (516) 921-1295, e-mail dr.steve@jonaschiropractic.com or visit http://jonaschiropractic.com.

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One-on-One Doubles Rocks Out at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Darrin Cohen wins serve and volley event By Brent Shearer It’s not every tournament that sees a local pro like Darrin Cohen upset a Wimbledon doubles champ like top-seeded Jared Palmer. But that result was just one of the many highlights of the “One-on-One Rocking Doubles” event, held Jan. 22 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as local players duked it out while the Edlene Harts Rockin’ Blues Band wailed in the lounge. Sure, a Wimbledon doubles title is a pretty good credential in our game, Darrin Cohen is focused but even beyond en route to the title that, there was no shortage of players with the gold balls that signify a national championship going

head-to-head in the half-court, serve and volley event. Players use the doubles court, including the alleys, and must come in every point in the format designed by “One-OnDoubles” founder Ed Krass. Cohen, a former star at the University of Virginia and now tennis director at Sportime Kings Park, won $600 of the total $1,000 prize in his run to the men’s open division title. He beat Palmer 6-1 in the quarters. Cohen stunned last year’s winner by hitting Edlene Harts Rockin’ Blues Band entertained all in attendance a number of aces and un-returnable serves in the early going. The enthusiastic mat is excellent, because I don’t have to cover crowd celebrated as the former ACC as much ground as in singles,” Cohen said. In the Men’s 35s Division, ETA player Kline player held on to beat Palmer. Cohen won the title by beating Justin Sach defeated Dicky Waterfall from MarlborNatale 6-3 in the finals. Natale was the ough, Mass., 6-5 (7-5) in a cliffhanger. Sach, 2006 USTA Men’s Open National Grass- one of the players with a few national agegroup championships under his belt, said he court and Indoor Doubles Champion. “The One on One Doubles crosscourt for- liked the One-on-One Doubles format.

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Lonnie Mitchell of Sandals along with Donna Piccione and Luz Mireyo Borrero of Liberty Travel raffled off prizes and travel coupons throughout the night “The fact that you only have to cover half the court is a great equalizer,” said Sach. His opponent, Waterfall, a veteran New England senior competitor, was playing One-on-One Doubles for the very first time. “This is a great format because it’s like a

shootout,” said Waterfall. “With the halfcourt and the no-ad scoring, it’s a unique event.” Waterfall beat last year’s 35s winner Jay Harris in the semis 6-5 (7-5), while Sach had to overcome second-seeded Paul Moss in the other semifinal match. Moss, a former USTA Men’s 40s number one, pushed Sach into a tie-breaker before losing. Luis Quintero beat Eric Metzger, head men’s tennis coach at Hunter College, in the finals of the Mixed NTRP Open event. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Director Whitney Kraft and his staff ran the tournament with the same professionalism they display during the U.S. Open. Using the One-on-One Doubles format allows a tournament director to run two matches at the same time on one court. With a buffet dinner, a table tennis tournament, a Wii tennis tournament and the rocking blues tunes belted out by a local band, it is easy to see why Krass’ annual visit to the USTA Billie Jean King National

Tennis Center has become as important to 50 or so ETA players as that other tournament in Melbourne, played at the same time, is to a larger tennis-loving audience. Brent Shearer may be reached by e-mail at bbshearer@gmail.com.

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This is the Beach’s Game By Zach Smart

Who is going to be the next national champion? “Potential” has rapidly evolved into one of the most overused words in sports. When I witnessed a standing-room only crowd ratchet up the decibel levels to eardrum-shattering crescendo during the Beach Tennis USA National Championship in Long Beach, N.Y. three summers ago, I realized the potent potential that beach tennis oozes.

To know the sport is to know one does not have to be a tennis player to flourish. The sport demands a significant level of awareness, athleticism, resolve and competitive nature, which is enough to entice any athlete. Shedding the perception that beach tennis is not established in America, I watched Team USA pull of a pulsating victory over Italy (known as the perennial hotbed of beach tennis) in the 2009 National Championship. After years of playing second fiddle to Team Italy, Team USA re-staked its claim as the top beach tennis squad in the nation. The team of Phil Whitesell & Chris Henderson captured the 2009 Beach Tennis USA National Championship, before a jam-packed crowd amidst windy, 34

tornado-like conditions at Long Beach, N.Y. Team USA defeated Team Italy, which dominated the competition the past two national championships, to end a long streak of Italian dominance, as Team USA ran off with a jaw-dropping 8-6 victory to regain the crown. With the win, Whitesell & Henderson hand the Italian duo of Alex Mingozzi & Matteo Marighella their first loss on U.S. soil. It was Team USA’s first national championship since 2006, when a younger Whitesell surfaced as the sport’s poster boy. Whitesell & Henderson fended off cranked-up wind pressure and flying sand. They capitalized on opportunities at net. They kept their lead intact, handcuffing the Italians with big serves. American athletes need to jump at this opportunity and get aboard the beach tennis train. Beach Tennis can no longer toil in obscurity. American players and college players should jump at the opportunity of becoming a beach tennis professional and the honor of representing their country in international competition.

Beach Tennis to take its talents to South Beach Beach Tennis USA (BTUSA) will return to the Sony Ericsson Tennis Tournament for the sixth consecutive year. Fans and newcomers to the game will have a chance to grasp the game’s niceties and additionally get acclimatized to the new paddle rackets. The event will in-

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clude a “Cardio Tennis” workout, clinics, round-robin play and introductory sessions for youngsters. The sport is an innovative chance for beach bums to get active and collect more than just a tan. Following the Sony Ericcson, BTUSA continues its early spring slate with an ITF/BTUSA-sanctioned International Beach Tennis doubles and singles tournament.

Beach Tennis in the Lone Star State Texas has emerged as a traditional beach tennis breeding ground. Susan Hoetling from Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas will host seven high-intensity tournaments this year. In addition, the local pioneer is running five leagues (amateur mixed, pro mixed, women’s/men’s, all age and even a senior league). Tennis British Colombia (TBC) has also become affiliated with Beach Tennis USA. TBC is hosting numerous amateur and open play tournaments along with their annual tournament at KitsFest.  Zach Smart is an award-winning sports journalist whose work is featured in numerous online sources— Bounce, SLAM, ESPN True Hoop, SNY, Rivals and Hoops Addict—to name a few. For more information, log on to http://zsmart.blogspot.com.


Mythbusters: College Advisors Agree on Everything An Interview With Former Brown Men’s Tennis Coach and Current Sportime Manager Jay Harris (Part I) By Ricky Becker Humbly, Jay Harris and I know a lot about college tennis. But this does not stop our college tennis debates. Jay was kind enough to let me interview him for some insight. At what point in a high school player’s career do you suggest he/she contact college coaches? Jay Harris: Some players touch base with coaches as early as the spring of their sophomore year. Most players wait until they are well into their junior year to contact coaches though. I feel it is important to establish some good communication via email during the fall of a player’s junior year. I have previously written in this column that you should NEVER mention injuries to coaches. Do you agree? JH: Actually, I would have to disagree Mr. Becker. I recently counseled one of our program’s top players, Josh Levine, to be very open and honest to coaches about an injury he is dealing with that had caused him to miss a couple tournaments. The response he received back from coaches was awesome. Coaches really saw that Josh was dealing with his injury in a very professional way—this is very important to a college coach because very few college players go through a career without some sort of injury. The coaches also saw that Josh really loved and missed tennis. Josh had explained that it was killing him to miss these tournaments. Josh also got to

see which coaches truly cared about him and his tennis through some of the e-mail replies he received. Do college coaches really get turned off by kids they see as cheaters? JH: The reputation you develop as a cheater is extremely hard to get rid of, and college coaches can definitely be influenced negatively by these reputations. Jay, I have stated many times that if a child really wants to start on his or her college tennis team, that child should go to a school where he or she will start right away because not many kids improve as subs and are more likely to quit. Do you agree or disagree? JH: The best situation for a player to step in to is one where the player is starting right

away, maybe playing four to five with room to “move on up the line-up.” It is very tough to “ride the pine,” especially for players who are used to being stars, or whose parents might have told them they will most likely be the University President by the end of their freshman year. So instant playing time is nice for sure. However, there are some teams/coaches who are able to develop both starters and non-starters. The key for a recruit examining the ability for a coach to develop players and see if players progress up the lineup.  Ricky Becker is the founder of JuniorTennisConsulting LLC, which offers off-court college guidance services to junior tennis players, in addition to teaching tennis at Sportime. He can be reached by phone at (516) 605-0420, e-mail rbecker06@yahoo.com or visit www.JuniorTennisConsulting.com.

HOFSTRA SPECIALTY CAMPS 2011 For each two-week camp session, your child chooses one specialty. Half the day consists of your child’s chosen specialty; for the other half of the day, your child is placed in a recreation group of 8-10 campers of the same grade and gender, for lunch, instructional swim and recreational sports. TUITION INCLUDES LUNCH AND TRANSPORTATION.

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SESSION 1 (JULY 5-15) • SESSION 2 (JULY 18-29) • SESSION 3 (AUGUST 1-12) For boys and girls entering grades 2-5 (morning specialty) and 6-9 (afternoon specialty) The Tennis specialty is designed for both the beginning player and the advanced player interested in tournament play or wishing to participate on a high school tennis team. Beginners receive training and practice in basic techniques, and experienced players learn advanced skills and game strategies.

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By Brent Shearer

I’m on Balls: A Review of “A Minor Momentousness in the History of Love” By Cheston Knapp

You might not think a 35-page pamphlet could take a reader on a rollercoaster ride with stops that pose questions about death, the nature of time, the mysteries of the male anatomy, the limits of language and whether a truly stellar performance by a ballboy can win back the love of a ball girl.

But Cheston Knapp’s fictional short story A Minor Momentousness in the History of Love ticks all these boxes and then some. It is published by One Story, the Brooklyn-based literary magazine, available at www.OneStory.com. The story, about two ballpersons during the historic 2001 Wimbledon quarterfinal in which Roger Federer beat Pete Sampras, uses the match’s structure and some of our game’s vocabulary to romp through a number of literary and philosophical questions with a light touch that belies the seriousness of the issues Knapp addresses. You don’t have to be able to catch all of the references to the American poet Walt Whitman and the French novelist Gustave Flaubert to appreciate what Knapp is trying to do. Lucky for us tennis fans, we know that when Knapp mentions “Shotmaker Deluxe,” he’s talking about the top-of-the line ball machine. The story’s narrator-ballboy, William Able,

is trying to win back the affections of the lovely Charlotte, his colleague on the ball picking-up and towel-supplying, on-court team in the quarterfinal match. Knapp sets up a situation in which William’s hopes are aligned with those of Sampras, both of them representing a glorious past. William wants to regain his nights of making out with Charlotte; as Sampras wants another Wimbledon title. William is rooting for Pistol Pete to beat the upstart Federer, and fumes throughout the match because he thinks Charlotte is flirting with the then 19-year old Swiss. By the time match point in the fifth set is completed, Federer, embodying the present, has beaten Sampras, the representative of the past. In a parallel defeat, William must watch Charlotte walk off the court with another ballboy’s arm around her shoulder. But William’s romantic setback is only one aspect of Knapp’s mediation on the way a tennis match can mirror a number of other concepts.

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Listen to Knapp’s description of the end of the match for an example of other tones he can hit. “We understand that this match is a consecration of the present, of the moment. We are witness to something no spoken language can adequately express.” He also discusses the tennis concepts of “playing within yourself” and the kind of transcendence players feel during those all too brief moments when they are “in the zone.” Knapp’s tennis knowledge feeds into his storytelling prowess at other levels to make a compelling work of art. The tennis fan will gain an insight on what a Center Court Wimbledon match is like from the perspective of the ballboys and Charlotte. Knapp uses ballboy lingo, such as “I’m on balls,” an understatement for this writer, to give us a new perspective on a familiar setting, Centre Court. The phrase, “I’m on balls,” refers to the ballboy who is responsible for opening the new balls and switching out the old ones. In one compelling image that acknowledges the way we players often react to seeing players like Sampras and Federer perform and which, at the same time, displays his image-making gift, Knapp describes what some fans will do after watching the Sampras-Federer encounter. “Later, we will go out onto tennis courts, scattered like dropped jacks around London and we’ll try to hit like we’ve seen these two guys hit …” Of course, there is a rule in reviewing fiction that you have to find something wrong with the story. It wasn’t easy, but I did. Knapp has the 17- or 18-year-old Charlotte, a Londoner in 2001, paraphrasing Muhammad Ali’s famous line about “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” I think she’d be more likely to be quoting hip-hop artist MIA than Ali, but this is a minor objection. The author, Knapp, managing editor of Tin House magazine, touches on the limits of language and notes the way a physical performance like a tennis match can transcend those confines. But the whole purpose of literature is to push against the limits of language, to use words to get past the limitations of using words and that is what Knapp accomplishes in A Minor Momentousness in the History of Love. 

Coaching Workshop: Renowned coaches of top juniors Steve Kaplan and Keith Kambourian will discuss Steve Kaplan: Quick and easy repairs for problem strokes Keith Kambourian: Effective Doubles Frank Dolan consultant to the NY Yankees will be on hand to instruct and demonstrate movement preparation and dynamic warm up routines. • FOOD • Hit for Prizes Provided by Head • Top Nationally Ranked Juniors • Networking • Free Play Clinic is free and open to all LONG ISLAND High School Varsity and Junior Varsity Tennis Coaches. Snow date is March 27, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.

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23rd Annual College Tennis Exposure Camp Phone #: (813) 684-9031 • Web site: www.collegetennis.com University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. • June 20-24 Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. July 17-22, July 24-29 and July 31-August 5 Coach Ed Krass’ 23rd Annual College Tennis Exposure Camp is the nation’s only training camp taught exclusively by head college coaches. The camp is open to all competitive players, ages 15-18, who are interested in playing college tennis. Players receive instruction and training from head coaches representing every level of the college game. Under the skillful eyes of top college coaches, players showcase their singles, doubles and one-on-one doubles skills, and receive specific feedback on their game. Instructional drills and match play competitions are conducted in the same style and intensity as collegiate practice sessions. Players have the opportunity to sample various coaching styles and receive on-court coaching during match play competitions. Classroom seminars with college coaches motivate and educate players about college tennis preparation. The camp is offered at University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. from June 20-24; and at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., from July 17-22, July 24-29 and July 31-August 5. Air-conditioned dormitory accommodations, cafeteria meals and 24-hour adult supervision are provided. For more information, call (813) 684-9031 or visit www.collegetennis.com.

adidas Tennis Camps at Stony Brook University Sunday-Friday, July 10-15 and Sunday-Friday, July 17-22 Director: Gary Glassman Phone #: (800) 944-7112 • E-mail: support@tenniscamper.com Web site: www.TennisCamper.com adidas Tennis Camps have been held at Stony Brook University since 2005, helping hundreds of kids in the tri-state area improve their tennis game. The Stony Brook camp will once again be directed by Stony Brook University Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach Gary Glassman. Entering his 11th season as the men’s and women’s coach, Glassman has compiled a combined 251 wins, setting single season records in wins for both programs, while leading the men’s program to their 40

first ever national ranking in 2005. Coach Glassman’s camp staff is comprised of area teaching professionals, assistant coaches and college tennis players. adidas Tennis Camps has something to offer to junior tennis players of all abilities. The curriculum is tailored to help each camper improve their game in a positive, fun atmosphere. Each staff pro is dedicated to the personal development and improvement of every camper, from beginners to top tournament players. They encourage high school teams to come together—keeping them on the same courts to help them become stronger as a whole. Finally, adidas Tennis Camps offers tournament training which provides a challenging atmosphere for juniors to improve their USTA rankings. Players will train with other motivated tournament players and compete against each other in a constructive, fun and well-organized camp setting. Campers who choose to take part in tournament training will be put through a rigorous training regimen that will help improve their physical and mental endurance as well. adidas Tennis Camps offers three different options for campers: 1. Overnight campers: Campers sleep on campus in dormitories and eat their meals in the dining hall. The staff lives in the dorms and chaperone all the off court/evening activities to provide supervision. Evening activities last year included a swim party, movie night, karaoke contest and a tennis fun night! 2. Extended day campers: Included is lunch and dinner, tennis and evening activities. 3. Day campers: Includes lunch and a week’s worth of tennis instruction from the finest coaches in the Northeast. All ability levels are welcome! Boys and girls ages 8-18 … tournament training is available … overnight and day options. Tennis is our passion … Your improvement is our mission!

Advanced High Performance Tennis Academy by Maurice Trail Phone #: (516) 302-5613 • E-mail: advancedtennis@verizon.net Advanced Tennis Academy is a personalized program. Each day, students receive individual instruction, with a small student to pro ratio for drilling point play, group fitness and athletic enhancement. Often, the student will play against the coaches in points and matches. A key to junior development is playing matches and competing daily.

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All students, depending on skill level, will compete each and every day in sets and matches that will be supervised by a pro and will duplicate a tournament environment, a key to handling pressure situations and delivering when it counts the most in tournaments. The toughest game is in the mind … and it is you against you. We will teach you how to win this matchup.

Carefree Racquet Club

Bethpage Park Tennis Center Summer Tennis Camp

Where can you find a Junior Summer Tennis Camp highlighting the excitement of competition, high structured instruction and plenty of all around play time? At Carefree Racquet Club, complete with seven air-conditioned indoor tennis courts, two racquetball courts that can convert to walleyball, a half-court basketball court, a cozy lounge and snack area … that’s where! At Carefree’s summer camp, we encourage the social aspect of loving the game just for the fun of it. We stress the positive approach to competition which gives our juniors perspective both on and off the court. In the long run, this brings out the confidence to succeed in whatever our students venture into later in life. The key is to develop behavioral characteristics of success for all of our students: Vision, action, responsibility and independence. The staff is comprised of knowledgeable and caring counselors, some of who were or currently are, college players who were also trained at Carefree Racquet Club. The program is directed by Louis Vallejo, with 27 years of teaching experience and 17 years of sectional, national and international playing experience. He has coached juniors of all levels of play. Along with his head pros, the tutelage of our students is unsurpassed. Carefree Racquet Club is proud to celebrate its 22nd year of our Junior Summer Tennis Camp. The success of our summer program comes from our outstanding facility, fun to win attitude and our superior pro staff. Our camp hours are from noon to 5:00 p.m. Our students come in fresh and relaxed with energy, ready for action. We warm up on the courts with the physical part of our training: Stretching, cardio, core and strength exercises. Stroke development and analysis is structured yet simplified to ensure our students keep their enthusiasm for on-court playing action. After warm-up, we begin drilling, instruction and point simulation. After a half-hour lunch/snack break at 2:00 p.m., the students are back on-court for an hour of cardio tennis drilling. Match play begins at 3:30 p.m. where there is singles and doubles competition. We are also able to offer cross-training with the basketball and walleyball courts, which teaches our students team effort and sportsmanship. After a quick juice break, we end the day with fun games for the final 20-30 min.

99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Building # 4 Farmingdale, N.Y. • Phone #: (516) 777-1358 To be your best, you need the best program, facilities and players! Bethpage Park Tennis Center’s Summer Tennis Camp is designed for maximum time efficiency and productiveness. Our wealth of tennis courts enables us to provide indoor and outdoor courts, hard courts and clay courts. No camp provides a more favorable camper to court ratio than us. This means campers can play singles and doubles matches daily. These opportunities for match play are most beneficial because they are with the finest players the East Coast has to offer. To be the best, you need the best staff! We train players to excel with greater success than any other eastern camp because of our unique staff. Since we conduct a yearround program, we employ proven, full-time professionals to oversee our camp. The rest of our staff is comprised of our topranked students, many of whom are college standouts, to ensure quality, enthusiasm and continuity of instruction. We are very flexible, with nine one-week, as well as partialweek, sessions so that tournament players can design a schedule that accommodates their individual needs. We believe that the summer is a great time to drill skills, get match tough and develop fitness habits that will help year-round. Is this program right for you? At Bethpage Park Tennis Center’s Summer Tennis Camp, our standards are high, our prerequisites are not! We encourage and value our beginners equally with our nationally-ranked players. All we require is the desire to attend a serious tennis camp to … to learn in an intensive, personal and fun environment … and the drive to achieve your personal best! Transportation is available, and a daily deli or pizza lunch is included.

1414 Jerusalem Avenue • North Merrick, N.Y. Phone #: (516) 489-9005 Web site: http://carefreeracquetclub.com

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Carefree’s Junior Summer Tennis Camp is the most flexible on Long Island. You can attend full-time (nine weeks, five days a week) or a fewer number of weeks. You can also attend just two or three days a week if you’d like. You can even come just once a week, but we bet if you come once, you’ll want to come twice! So come on down and see for yourself ‌ we will be waiting!

The Early Hit Training Center Junior Summer Tennis Camp at Glen Head Racquet Club

drilling and physical fitness training before breaking for a healthy lunch. We then move on to playing dynamics and strategy, and reinforce these lessons with focused match play. A thorough cool-down and stretching session completes a world-class day of tennis for your child. With our team of renowned tennis teaching professionals, experienced physical conditioning trainers, movement experts and on-site chef, the Early Hit Training Center offers a unique and total tennis experience.

Future Stars Summer Tennis Camps

Contact: Carl Barnett 95 Glen Head Road • Glen Head, N.Y. Phone #: (516) 455-1225 • E-mail: earlyhit@optonline.net Our comprehensive program will provide your child with all the resources necessary to reach his or her maximum tennis potential. The Early Hit Training Center incorporates all aspects of the game into our complete program. We begin each session with a nutritionally-complete and balanced shake from Court 7, our on-premise restaurant and smoothie bar. After a thorough warm-up, the student will work through the core components of tennis, including stroke production,

Phone #: (516) 876-3490 • Web site: www.fscamps.com Future Stars Summer Tennis Camps are proud to celebrate our 32nd year providing thousands of children with a fun, safe, productive environment to help maximize skill development whilst instilling core values. Throughout the years, our tennis program has evolved a specifically-designed curriculum combining instructional skill sessions and supervised competitive match play to create a fun filled experience for all. Future Stars has a reputation for a first class staff who are experienced and qualified tennis professionals who share a passion for working with children. In addition to our outstanding staff, we

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are also extremely proud of our camp locations which offer first class facilities to meet the diverse requirements of the camp day. These include SUNY Old Westbury (Nassau) with eight courts, Farmingdale State College (Nassau/Suffolk Border) with six courts, Future Stars Tennis Club (Southampton) with eight courts, and Green Hollow Tennis Club (East Hampton) with 13 courts. Our winning formula for tennis camps revolves around bringing kids together for weekly sessions to learn and compete in a safe and fun atmosphere. A typical day begins with a morning assembly overseen by our director and coaches, culminating in a demonstration of the stroke of the day. Campers are grouped by age and ability and under the tutelage of their tennis professional work on all aspects of their game through fun and intense drilling, focusing on stroke production and strategy. Oncourt ratios are kept below 5:1 to ensure maximum gains. Additional time is spent off-court to focus on training and field play as well as a daily swim break. The camp day ends with the all important match play, which sees a variety of point play, matches and weekly tournaments. Campers receive constant feedback and analysis from our experienced tennis professionals and each camper leaves with a written report detailing areas of their game that they should focus on as they develop further. At Future Stars Tennis Camps, we encourage everyone to play with confidence, enthusiasm and a genuine love of the game.

the supervision of our talented and gifted teaching tennis professionals who are all USPTA/PTR certified to insure that you are getting the latest tennis teaching techniques. Our new management team includes Director of Tennis Daniel Burgess, Fahad Malik, director of tournament training; Andrei Rosiano, lead tennis professional; Stacy Wind, special events coordinator and Marian Morris, league coordinator. The new management team kicked off the season by adding an Elite Tournament Training program, a QuickStart Tennis program, Junior Team Tennis and five Deco Turf II newly-resurfaced courts. In addition, we have implemented the first phase of the state-ofthe-art HO5 indoor tennis court lighting system. With an expanding clientele that now includes the neighboring boroughs, our central Long Island location off Exit 18 on the Southern State Parkway makes Hempstead Lake a convenient spot for players from the North and South Shore, as well as Queens and Suffolk County to showcase their tennis games. Programs: Seasonal court rental, junior summer camps, adult summer camps, private and group lessons, adult and child tennis parties, junior development programs, game-matching services, high performance tournament training, adult leagues USTA teams and adult drill sessions For more information, call (516) 486-2165.

Hempstead Lake Indoor Tennis Center Junior Summer Camp

Hofstra Summer Camps offers Tennis Specialty

Six weeks: July 11 to August 19 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Full Day 9:00 a.m.-Noon Half Day • 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Half Day Phone #: (516) 486-2165 At the Hempstead Lake Indoor Tennis Center Junior Summer Camp, we will help you build a tennis game based on stronger stroke production, strength and conditioning using concepts of the modern game, for beginners/intermediate and advanced players. Early drop off and late pickup are available. Day trips and other special events can be included. One of the first indoor tennis facilities built on Long Island, Hempstead Lake Indoor continues to deliver first-class quality service to the neighboring Long Island communities. We offer a safe, fun, and relaxed environment that is conducive to a healthy tennis learning and playing experience. Our programs designed for players of all skill levels and ages, from juniors to adult recreation and competitive players. Players come to Hempstead Lake to improve their skills under

For boys and girls entering the second through ninth grades Phone #: 516-463-CAMP • E-mail: ce-camps@hofstra.edu Web site: hofstra.edu/camp Treat your child to the best summer ever! Hofstra Summer Camps, the largest university-based camp on the East Coast, offering outstanding resources and facilities. At Hofstra Specialty Camps, your child chooses from one of more than 20 specialties—including tennis—and spends half the day in that specialty. For the other half of the day, your child is placed in a recreation group of eight-10 campers of the same grade and gender for lunch, recreational sports, and instructional swim in our Olympic-sized pool. Tuition includes transportation and lunch. The tennis specialty is designed for both the beginning player and the advanced player interested in tournament play or wishing to participate on a high school tennis team. Beginners receive training and practice in basic techniques, and experienced players learn advanced skills and game strategies. Each camper is instructed according to his or her ability, and previous training is not required. Each camper is evaluated on the first day and placed in the proper

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ability group. The daily program offers conditioning exercises; instruction in forehand, backhand, volley and serve; and game strategies in singles and doubles play. Most lessons are taught in the form of a game. Each daily session ends with a friendly competition that is fun for campers. A tennis racket is required. Athletic sneakers are acceptable footwear, except those with black bottoms. To learn more, visit hofstra.edu/camp or call (516) 463-CAMP.

Joel Ross Tennis & Sports Camp Phone #: (914) 723-2165 • E-mail: info@joelrosstennis.com Web site: www.joelrosstennis.com Joel Ross, owner and director of Joel Ross Tennis & Sports Camp in Kent, Conn., is a native Long Islander, having grown up in Westbury, N.Y. He won the New York State High School Singles Championships two consecutive years and earned a full tennis scholarship to the University of Michigan, where he captained the team and played number one singles. In 1971, Joel was Big 10 Singles Champion and was featured on the cover of Tennis Magazine. His best circuit wins include John McEnroe and Tom Gullikson. He currently resides in New Rochelle, N.Y. with his wife, Ellen, and four children.

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Joel Ross Tennis & Sports Camp, located only 90 min. from the Whitestone Bridge, is located in beautiful Kent, Conn., at the base of Mt. Algo alongside the Housatonic River. The camp facilities include 17 on-campus tennis courts, including four indoor in our own steel building. We do not have to bus the campers to tennis facilities! Our swimming pool and squash courts are also on-campus. We have recently added a golf program. We have a 300-yard driving range/mini course right on campus! Our tennis campers can even do one week of golf! Joel is a hands-on director, in attendance 24/7. His program of instruction and fitness in the morning and ladder play in the afternoon and evening has endured for 20 years since the inception of the camp in 1991. Campers play ladder matches daily and tennis groups change two to three times each week, based on the ladder results. The afternoon/evening ladder is the glue of the camp. All of the campers and staff are residents. Tuition covers everything: Private lessons, laundry, snacks, trips, etc. Campers can also participate in many electives, including archery, squash, canoeing, kayaking, basketball, soccer, football and more! The camp has a multi-tiered “Bully Prevention Program” in place as well. Campers can canoe and kayak in the Housatonic River! Call at (914) 723-2165 and find out why Joel Ross Tennis & Sports Camp is a keeper!

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Long Beach Tennis Camp “A Sure Thing for Summer Fun” Phone #: (516) 432-6060 E-mail: info@longbeachtenniscenter.com Web site: www.longbeachtenniscenter.com Based out of the Long Beach Tennis Center, the Long Beach Summer Tennis Camp offers beginner through tournament level tennis players a “sure thing.” Beginners through intermediate players participate in a special program that incorporates the best of the Quick Start and Team Tennis formats. Tennis technique, athletic skills and Team Tennis are all presented daily in a fun and exciting way. Our tournament training program is full day. The morning schedule revolves around the latest in movement, conditioning, stroke technique, tactics and strategy. The afternoon is match play, games and trips. Speed and agility training are also incorporated on a daily basis. Our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and caring staff create an instructive, memorable and challenging learning environment that brings kids back for more. The Long Beach Bubble is up year-round, ensuring play rain or shine (sure thing!). The brand new A/C equipment guarantees a comfortable playing environment, regardless of the temperature outside. Outdoor courts in the area are also used, and non-tennis sports are mixed into the daily schedule to add variety. Half-day and full-day programs (with an optional lunch program) are available. Sessions run weekly through the summer (nine weeks) with multi-week discounts available. The half day program is offered from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. daily. Contact Chuck Russell or Siddiqui at the Long Beach Tennis Center for more information at (516) 432-6060.

New Hampton School-New Hampton; in New Jersey at The Peddie School-Hightstown and The Lawrenceville School-Lawrenceville; in New York at Colgate University-Hamilton, the University at BuffaloBuffalo, Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Center-Glen Cove and The Hampton’s Montauk Racquet Club-Montauk; in Pennsylvania at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown. Get better this summer and have fun! Nike Tennis Camps provide players with the opportunity to improve their tennis game, work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. Our camps are directed by America’s most respected college coaches and tennis professionals. They have a passion for teaching, and a gift for helping you take your game to the next level. With weeklong camps and multiple sessions offered, Nike Tennis Camps are expressly designed so that players can immerse themselves in the sport. Our goal is to enhance their skills and enjoyment of the game in an energetic and positive learning environment. Our coaches tailor programs specific to each camper’s requirements with our low student/teacher ratio. With over 65 locations nationwide, there is a camp for everyone. We offer junior overnight, extended day and day camp options for boys and girls ages 5-18 and of all ability levels. In addition, we offer over 15 adult camp locations. Camp details specific to each location. Overnight camp includes a 30-hour tennis program, all meals, housing and tennis activities. Extended Day Camp includes the 30hour tennis program, lunch, dinner and evening tennis and activities. Some of the times and ages differ, depending on the site. The Day Camp includes the 30-hour tennis program and lunch is provided at specific locations. Some of the ages differ, depending on the site. There is a half-day option at some of the locations. Come join the fun this summer and get better!

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Phone: (800) 645-3226 • Web site: www.USSportsCamps.com Offering junior overnight and day camps for kids ages 6-18 from June 5-Aug. 12 at the following locations in the Northeast: In Connecticut at Sacred Heart University-Fairfield; in Delaware at Sea Colony Beach ResortBethany Beach; in Maryland at Salisbury University-Salisbury; in Massachusetts at Amherst College-Amherst, Williams College-Williamstown, Curry College-Milton, Mount Holyoke College-South Hadley, M.I.T.-Cambridge and Middlesex School-Concord; in New Hampshire at the

3065 New Street • Oceanside, N.Y. Phone #: (516) 536-2323 Web site: www.PointSetRacquetClub.com E-mail: Tonny@pointsettennis.com • Brett@pointsettennis.com Look no further for the most exciting new summer tennis camp experience! Point Set Indoor Racquet Club announces Country Club Summer Camp! Tonny van de Pieterman expands his leadership to impeccably groomed Har-Tru courts where Brett Nisenson, junior director at Point Set, will manage a dynamic summer

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camp staffed with the world-class pros of the best winter tournament training program! Point Set Country Club Camp is for juniors of all ages and all levels. Camp runs from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily with lunch catered by the Club. Brett promises a fun-filled day of competitive tennis: How to construct points, how to win baseline exchanges, when to attack or defend! We want you to win and stand behind your game-style in all aspects: stroke production, footwork, fitness and mental toughness. Each day’s program varies to challenge players’ potential. Drills are specifically designed to work on your service game, your return game, your overall baseline game, your net game, court positioning and strategy. The fitness program will develop power, speed, stamina and flexibility. Mental toughness training will address your overall concentration, dealing with errors, dealing with the “unjust,” emotional control and confidence! Match play is included along with inter-camp and interclub competitions. Point Set’s pros are also available to accompany your junior to tournaments scheduled during the summer. To accommodate every family’s busy summer schedule, Point Set Country Club Camp can be reserved daily or weekly. Please inquire if you need transportation. If you want it all … action-packed programs, the best teaching pros and fun … you’ll find it at Point Set Country Club Camp. Call (516) 536-2323 today for details!

Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Center Summer Tennis Camp Co-Camp Director & Managing Partner: Stephen Alcala E-mail: stephenaalcala@gmail.com Web site: www.robbiewagners.com Every day at the Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Center Summer Tennis Camp is a fun and challenging way for children of all ages to spend their summer days. The camp consists of world-class tennis coaches and facilities catering to the needs of each and every child, from the beginning toddler to the nationally-ranked junior tennis player. It is of the utmost importance to us that each child has a pleasurable day at our camp, and we strive to achieve a standard of excellence unparalleled on Long Island. Our day typically begins with a warm-up and flexibility session, followed by tennis drills in a group setting with a strong emphasis on technique and stroke production. For our advanced players, we also focus on tactics and point construction. In the afternoon 46

session, there is a fitness training session with our expert conditioning specialist along with match play. Each day of the week, we strive to change the format of our match play to keep our campers excited and challenged with various formats of play, including camp tournaments, Davis Cup team matches, and individual one-on-one practice matches. We pride ourselves in teaching the children in a fun and hard-working atmosphere.

Rockville Racquet Club 80 North Centre Avenue • Rockville Centre, N.Y. Phone #: (516) 764-5350 • Web site: http://rockvilleracquet.net The summer is time for fun at Rockville Racquet! Rockville Racquet Club is conveniently located in the heart of Rockville Centre, N.Y. Its central location allows easy access to local shopping, dining and transportation. Our modern center boasts seven Nova Acrylic courts, men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers and saunas, as well as babysitting facilities. Courts are available for seasonal or hourly rental throughout the year. However, the summer is the time for fun at Rockville Racquet. Every summer afternoon, you can hear the sounds of happy children on the courts at Rockville Racquet. Under the professional guidance of Freeman Bayard, USPTR, dozens of young tennis enthusiasts are perfecting their skills, while meeting new friends and having fun. The summer camp is open to youngsters from fiveyears-old to 18-years-old, one to five days a week, for eight weeks. Students of all levels can participate in this unique learning experience. In addition to tennis, the kids can enjoy table tennis, strategy sessions, games and snack time in an air-conditioned, state-of-the-art facility. For the adults at Rockville Racquet Club, there are men’s and women’s summer leagues. Summer is the perfect time to try out a league. This shorter and modestly-priced season allows newcomers time to adjust to competitive tennis in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Tennis drills and learning leagues offered by tennis professionals can also help to improve your game. The more competitive player can participate in USTA team tennis. With many men’s and women’s USTA teams at all levels, there is a place for everyone at Rockville Racquet. Our teams compete against other teams throughout Long Island. USTA teammates

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enjoy the camaraderie and competition of team play. Each year, several of our teams have made it to the sectional and national championships. Join us this summer for a season of fun at Rockville Racquet!

Ross School Tennis Center 18 Goodfriend Drive â&#x20AC;˘ East Hampton, N.Y. 11937 Phone #: (631) 907-5162 â&#x20AC;˘ Web site: www.ross.org Nestled in the woods in East Hampton, N.Y., the Ross School Tennis Center is an exciting resource for athletes in the Hamptons. Open to seasonal and year-round residents, the Center features six state-of-the-art Har-Tru tennis courts that are enclosed by a bubble from mid-fall through mid-spring, allowing for year-round play. The courts are directly adjacent to the beautiful Upper School Fieldhouse where guests can sign up to play and take advantage of many amenities, including locker rooms, a cafĂŠ and a lounge area. Summer tennis programs are open to players of all ages and levels. Starting in nursery and pre-kindergarten, Jump Start helps children develop spatial awareness, movement and locomotor

skills using appropriately sized rackets. The Junior Development Program, for grades Kâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;10, features games, level specific drills and training to build a strong foundation. Accelerated Tournament Preparation for advanced players emphasizes drills, tennis-specific conditioning and game strategy geared towards junior tournaments and match play. These programs are also available during the academic year. In the summer, Advanced players, ages 10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;17, can also sign up for the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most intense training program. The High Performance Academy targets the player committed to training all day, every day and preparing for tournaments. In addition, joining forces with SummerCamp @Ross, the Center offers tennis camp for players of all levels, ages six and up. Camp programs are fun and challenging, and use a game-based approach to learning tennis. Adult-specific programs are also available. Players can participate in Cardio Tennis and Local Weekend Round-Up featuring round robin matches followed by wine and cheese. Beginners master the fundamentals of tennis in Learn + Play with fun-filled integrated drills and match play. Advanced players can sign up for the Pro-Am Doubles League, competing with the pros in competitive, high-level games. During the academic year, the Ross School Tennis Academy of-

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fers a dynamic program for student-athletes that combines an engaging, global curriculum with the highest level of competitive tennis training available. Designed for students in grades 7–12 and post graduates, the Academy is the first in the New York City area to have a full academic program with a complete physical and mental conditioning program. Finally, private instruction is available for all levels of play at the Tennis Center. Guests can also rent courts during the weekday, weekend or seasonally; however, courts are not available while school is in session. For more information or to make reservations, call (631) 907-5162.

ting out to meet and surpass them. From the total beginner, to the top five nationally ranked superstar, our campers show significant improvement in all phases of the sport. And they will leave stronger and more physically fit than they were when they started!

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Your child will be safe The supervision at SPORTIME Excel Camps is better than at any other tennis camp. That is a bold statement to make, but we back up that statement up by working incredibly hard to train our entire staff on every aspect of safety, both on and off the court. Senior staff at every SPORTIME Excel Camp location implement and oversee our campers’ well-being and assure that safety procedures are followed during every hour of the camp day.

“Getting Better Keeps Getting Better!” Locations: Bethpage (516) 933-8500, Kings Park (631) 2696300, Massapequa (516) 799-3550, Roslyn (516) 484-9222, Syosset (516) 364-2727, Amagansett (631) 267-3460, Manhattan (John McEnroe Tennis Academy at Randall’s Island) (212) 427-6150, Hamptons (631)-653-6767 Web site: www.SportimeNY.com (and click on the “Excel Summer Tennis Camp” tab) SPORTIME’s Excel Tennis Camps are where you live and play! With multiple SPORTIME Excel Tennis Camp locations, including the John McEnroe Tennis Academy summer program at Randall’s Island, players across Long Island and in New York City can experience SPORTIME’s premier tennis programs for aspiring junior players of all ages and abilities. SPORTIME Excel’s training methods are fun and fastpaced, featuring stroke production, competitive games, and tactical training for match play. Our innovative tennis training techniques and tennis-specific conditioning regimens prepare players for the physical, mental and emotional demands of the sport of tennis. SPORTIME Excel campers develop positive self-esteem and laserlike focus. Our program is dedicated to turning weaknesses into strengths, and strengths into a winning game. Your child will get better at tennis That’s a guarantee! We take pride in our commitment to helping every camper make serious progress, regardless of his or her level, ability or experience. At SPORTIME Excel, we assess and discuss each camper’s goals and aspirations, and we waste no time in set48

Your child will make friends Aren’t most experiences better when you have friends and buddies to share them with? At SPORTIME Excel Tennis Camps, we believe that an important part of camp is providing a mutually supportive atmosphere where participants respect each other and develop friendships. This positive social opportunity is a big part of what makes tennis “the sport of a lifetime,” and at SPORTIME Excel, we try our best to foster “friendships for a lifetime.”

Your child will have a blast! Having a lot of fun while you are improving is just better! And kids get better faster when they are having fun. SPORTIME Excel campers and parents are amazed at how much fun can be had while working hard to improve one’s tennis game. We make every part of our curriculum challenging, fulfilling and fun. Even our conditioning element is fun! Doesn’t your child deserve to have fun this summer?

Suffolk County Junior Tennis League (SCJTL) Web site: www.scjtl.org The Suffolk County Junior Tennis League (SCJTL) is a network of community-based sites and programs in Suffolk County, New York, founded in 1997, dedicated to introducing Suffolk County youths to the lifetime sport of tennis. Through its flagship, SCJTL Summer Tennis League and fall Indian Summer League programs, the SCJTL programs provide an all inclusive “playing” experience to more than 1,000 new and existing junior players each summer at school sites

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throughout Suffolk County. SCJTL was awarded the 2008 USTA Eastern Member Organization of the Year Award and 2004 USTA Eastern NJTL Chapter of the Year. Selected as one of 28 national 36/60 test sites in 2006, SCJTL Summer League adapted the new Quick Start Tennis format in 2008 and is now the leader in Long Island 10 and Under Tennis. The SCJTL Summer Tennis League School Tennis/Tournament/Division has helped thousands of Suffolk County School tennis players prepare for their tennis seasons and USTA tournaments. The SCJTL season-ending Challenge features an appearance by “Deuce,” the mascot of the Suffolk County Tennis and Education Foundation and non-profit 501(c)3 organization in Suffolk County that sponsors and works closely with the SCJTL. SCJTL expanded its scope after two years to provide affordable local competition and player development programs through the SCJTL Competition Squad USTA Junior Team Tennis program and SCJTL Competition Tennis and Tennis Team training camps. Executive Director Joe Arias, is a USPTA Pro 1 Certified Tennis Professional, USTA High Performance Coach and USPTA Player Development Specialist. The SCJTL staff team includes more than 40 Player Development Coaches, Site Directors, Assistant Site Directors, Site Assistant, and tennis camp coaches consisting of school tennis team coaches, college tennis players, and high school tennis playing students who also play in the SCJTL Summer League Blue Division program. SCJTL, the official organizer for the Suffolk County Boys Varsity Tennis Awards Dinner, has played a part in getting thousands of Suffolk County kids playing on school tennis teams, achieve Long Island Regional and USTA Sectional rankings with many players moving on to play college tennis. SCJTL programs include:  SCJTL Competition Tennis Camps that prepare players age nine through 18 for middle school, junior varsity, varsity and collegiate tennis team and USTA Tournament competition; the SCJTL Competition Squad Junior Team Tennis program is a comprehensive team tennis experience with practice sessions, team matches, and participation in team tournaments.  SCJTL Challenge Series is a tournament circuit and ranking system for SCJTL program players.  The Suffolk County Junior Tennis League is a division of Arias Tennis Corp. SCJTL is a registered USTA Community Tennis

Association, Junior Team Tennis program, USTA National Junior Tennis League chapter and registered network of TIA Tennis Welcome Centers. To learn more about the Suffolk County Junior Tennis League visit the SCJTL eTennis Center at www.scjtl.org.

USTA-BJK National Tennis Center Summer Camps Flushing Meadow Corona Park Phone #: (718) 760-6200 • Web site: www.ntc.usta.com The USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center will once again offer seven weeks of fun in the sun tennis camps starting in June 2011. Enrollment is available online and you may choose to register for one, two or as many as seven weeks. The weekly program runs from Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break or a twilight session from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Campers work on development of tennis techniques, tactics, sports conditioning, and strategy geared to maximizing the learning experience in a fun presentation. As the juniors develop, they are advanced to more challenging groups. Tennis activities include Stroke-of the Day, team games and Competitive Match Play. The camp also offers crosstraining activities such as soccer, softball and basketball in the park or at the Corona park multipurpose recreational facility, swimming at the nearby FMCP Aquatics Center, off-site field trips include ice skating, Mets games, etc., and full access to the many fun activities on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. We accept junior players, ages four through 10 for the QuickStart programs (visit www.quickstarttennis.com for information about this new tennis learning format). Children 10-years-old and up are enrolled in the Junior Camps (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.). Advanced High Performance Tournament training campers will be invited to participate in an intensive training program which runs Monday-Friday, from 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. We have 23 outdoor courts, 12 indoor courts, and three outdoor QuickStart courts. We have available on-site ping-pong tables, ball machines, beach tennis, fitness center, arts and crafts, and other engaging sporting activities. Our primary focus will be on developing tennis skills while offering other activities to enhance the learning and camp experience. Detailed information will be available soon at www.ntc.usta.com. We are located in Flushing Meadow Corona Park. You may contact the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at (718) 760-6200.

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A Better Approach to Volleys By Chuck Russell So many times over the years, I have seen a player hit an approach shot, follow it up to net (volley position), and get passed or lobbed by an opponent’s great shot. Most of the time, the player who was passed (and lost the point) will tell me: “My volley stinks, so I’m staying back!” What I try to point out to these players is that it’s not their volley that needs work … it’s their approach shot! With a better approach shot, your volley will look a lot better. You’ll be set up for put away shots more often, and not always under pressure when you come up to net. The approach shot has also been nicknamed: “The Opportunity Ball.” When an opponent hits you a short-bouncing ball that brings you forward for you to hit it, the op-

portunity is there to become offensive and come up to the net after you hit that shot. The problem I described above, specifically being passed when you come up to net, is directly related to what you did with your approach shot. If you just hit it without much thought and then charge up to net, you shouldn’t reasonably expect the situation to change. You’ll still get passed and lose the points but, if you are willing to try something different, you may get a different result. Here are just a few different approach shot tactics for you to try:  Try to notice which of your opponents strokes are weaker (more errors and/or inconsistent), forehand or backhand, and approach to that side;  Down the closest sideline (classic theory);

 If it’s high-bouncing, you rip (with topspin), if it’s low, you chip (under-spin);  Low down the center; or  Hit a drop shot. These are just a few, but they may work very well for you. Monitor your results during your match, and change to another option if what you are using is repeatedly not working. You also may try to mix and match them in order to keep your opponent off-balance. Good luck and see you at the net!  Chuck Russell is director of tennis at Long Beach Tennis Center, a PTR national tester, USPTA Pro 1, USTA recreational coach workshop clinician and USTA QuickStart Tennis clinician. He may be reached by phone at (516) 432-6060 or e-mail chuck@longbeachtenniscenter.com.

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How to Become a Better Competitor By Tonny van de Pieterman Question … do you want to win or do you want to play well? A tennis match is a unique physical and mental competition between two individuals. I like to call it “a test of skills and wills.” The loser of a tennis match sometimes experiences feelings of hurt, shame or even sorrow (sounds farfetched, I know). The reason being, that when one puts his or her heart and soul into this test of dominance and control, one’s ego becomes temporarily exposed. Most players will offer plenty of excuses to avoid the issues or are looking for answers in all the wrong places. In an effort to help students become better competitors, I want to reveal a path toward winning. Coaches can teach players the skills, but the player has to grow an internal hunger to win separate from their strokes and footwork! They have to learn to manage what they can control and keep the focus narrow and firm. After a loss, when asked about a match, students frequently say: “I just played like @$#@!” This answer can be a way to avoid talking about the match as to not having to

relive the match, or it could be ignorance about the best way to analyze match play. Since the competition part of tennis is my greatest passion, I keep asking questions, play devil’s advocate and usually end up helping my students learn important lessons from their match play behavior. Receiving the correct feedback from competition is crucial in a player’s development. In one of my recent coaching experiences, one of my students suffered a tough loss in the semifinals of an important tournament. He played a player he had beaten several times before. During the match, the student was faced with some unusual challenges. He was called on several foot faults, suffered some unusual equipment failures and still had to deal with his tough playing opponent. He did not deal well with all of these issues, lost emotional control, looked desperate and ended up battling himself instead of his opponent. When he came off the court, all he could muster was: “I played the worst tennis of my life.” After a onehour break and a little talk, he went out to play the match for third and fourth place. He played the self-proclaimed “best tennis of his life” and had a big win over a player he had never before

beaten. After the match, he smiled and exclaimed, “I know now … it is all mental!” What I simply tried to do during our little lunch/coaching time was to change my player’s focus from the level of his tennis, to the imminent contest of match play. I laid out a few challenges in the upcoming match, including the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition, and tried to raise his curiosity and excitement on how he was going to deal with and overcome those challenges. By deriving your satisfaction from your problem-solving ability during match play as opposed to your subjective feelings about your level of play, you will become a better competitor! “Be productive”, I told my student. “Be creative and be positive. Losing to another player is acceptable, losing to yourself is not!”  Tonny van de Pieterman is director of tennis at Point Set Indoor Racquet Club in Oceanside, N.Y. He is the co-founder of the TTP program, a tennis training program for elite junior players. Tonny may be reached by phone at (516) 536-2323, email tonny@pointsettennis.com.

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old man winter upon us and all tennis moving indoors. We should mention the boys in Buffalo. Our Beach Tennis USA Buffalo affiliates actually hosted two weekend tournaments of Snow Tennis, following the rules and regulations of Beach Tennis this All Volley Tennis game is becoming popular to our winter sports lovers. Beach Tennis is “All Volley Tennis” and can be played indoors or outdoor and on any surface. Snow, Grass, Har’ tru, Clay, Composite surface and of course Sand. Play it in your backyard, at your favorite tennis club or be one of the many that are now playing at their favorite ski resort.... The game is easy to learn fun for all ages and can be played EVERYWHERE!

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Long Island Boys High School Cold Spring Harbor Chasing Fourth Straight Boys High School Crown The last three high school seasons on Long Island have been dominated by one team … Cold Spring Harbor, winners of three straight Long Island High School Boys Tennis Championships. With nearly their entire team intact again this season and seven ranked USTA junior players, Cold Spring Harbor is the favorite to take home the title again in 2011. The question this year is … “Can Cold Spring take home their fourth consecutive title or will another team step up and knock off the defending champs?” Cold Spring Harbor is led by their first singles player, Josh Levine (who finished second in both the Nassau County and New York State Championship). Also in the mix for CSH is an arsenal of players, including second singles Eric Ambrosio (who finished third in the Nassau County Individual Championships) and the first doubles team of Jensen Reiter & Alex Tropiano (who finished fourth in the Nassau County Boys High School Championships) amongst others. Cold Spring Harbor’s top seven players are all ranked USTA players. Challenging Cold Spring Harbor will be difficult, but two teams with a good shot from Nassau County are Long Beach and Jericho. Long Beach will be led by Eric Rubin & Matt Barry. The team of Rubin & Barry play singles during the season, but teamed up to win the Nassau County Doubles Championship in 2010. Jericho, led by first singles player Sam Lam, who finished fourth in the Nassau County Singles Championships, will also be sure to contend this season, looking to knock off Cold Spring Harbor. In Suffolk County, defending Suffolk County Champion Half Hollow Hills East is eager for another shot at Cold Spring Harbor and their chances are improved with the return of first singles player Zain Ali, who finished fourth in the Suffolk County Individual Championships, and the doubles team of Chris Hunter & Eric Bertuglia, who won the Suffolk County Doubles Championship in 2010. Best of luck to all the schools in 2011 and keep reading Long Island Tennis Magazine for updates throughout the 2011 boys high school season. We welcome you to submit any match recaps to www.longislandtennismagazine.com.

Boys High School Spotlight on Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor Josh Levine started playing tennis for Cold Spring Harbor in the eighth grade. Now a junior, he has yet to play a season that didn’t result in a Long Island Championship for the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks. Josh has moved his way up the team’s depth chart playing second singles in eighth grade and ninth grade, and first singles in 10th grade. He will lead them in 2011 in their attempt at a fourth straight Long Island High School Boys Tennis Championship. 54

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Individually last season, Josh had a fantastic year as well, but came up just short in both the Nassau County Individual Championship finals where he fell to Zach Morris of Garden City, and also in the New York State Boys Individual Championship finals where he was beaten by Jeremy Court of New Rochelle, N.Y. These defeats have Josh hungry for the upcoming season as he pursues the titles that eluded him just one year ago. Josh finised USTA Boys 16s nationally ranked 30th and ranked third in the Eastern Section . Having started the 18s this past September, Josh is currently ranked 143rd nationally and fourth in the Eastern Section. He is already looking toward college tennis with his eyes on Division I schools across the country. Sometimes, a player of Josh’s caliber with a lofty USTA Junior ranking chooses not to play high school tennis, but Josh sees many benefits of the high school tennis experience. “The players that play first singles at other schools are just as competitive as my opponents in USTA matches, who are, many Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg times, actually the same players,” said Levine. “I also feel that, when I go to college, I will be more prepared in adjusting to the college tennis game and being on a college team. My favorite part of playing for my school is definitely the camaraderie and team atmosphere.” Admittedly, Josh has a unique situation at his school though. Cold Spring Harbor boasts seven ranked junior players, as most teams are lucky to have one or two, so not only can Josh play tough competition in matches, but also in his practices. “For me, it is definitely worth going to practice every day with the team because I have six other guys who can challenge me and push me everyday,“ said Levine. Josh has a family full of tennis players, as his older sister, Alison, who played four years varsity at Cold Spring Harbor, as well as his mother, Patty and father Barry, who played four years of college tennis for SUNY Albany. He started playing with his family in mixed-doubles matches on family vacations and things often get very competitive. While that may have been his start, Josh’s current coach, Salomon Levy Bromet, has really brought his game to the next level. Josh thinks his best attributes on-court are his “competitive nature and determination, along with his backhand and serve.” With two years to go until college tennis begins, Josh will continue to work with Salomon to develop his game, while playing both juniors and high school tennis. The future for Josh is looking very bright! 

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QuickStart and 10-and-Under Tennis Making Waves on Long Island QuickStart Tennis is the newest teaching method developed by the USTA and is progressively becoming one of their most important initiatives and for good reason. Since the days of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, there has been one American male to win a Grand Slam event, Andy Roddick’s finals win at the 2003 U.S. Open. The American women have faired considerably better with 12 Grand Slam titles since 2003, but with the Williams Sisters heading into the latter stages of their career, there seems to be a steep drop-off coming. It has become apparent that the United States domination on the court has come to a close for the time being. People involved with USA tennis noticed this and took action. One of the results was the start of QuickStart Tennis. QuickStart is not a specific program, but rather, a teaching format. It breaks the game down into increments and proportions, making tennis easier to learn and more fun to play. To get a better under-

standing of what exactly QuickStart is, we sat down with three local tennis pros,

Solomon Levy Bromet (pro at Sportime Syosset), Karl Sommer (director of tennis at Sportime Syosset) and Jason Wass (general manager at Sportime Kings Park), all who are very experienced with QuickStart. When asked about the benefits of the QuickStart method, Sommer said, “QuickStart Tennis has kids enjoying tennis right from the beginning, and is the perfect stepping stone to competitive play.” Using the QuickStart Tennis method, the USTA has developed a sub-program called 10-and-Under Tennis that uses the QuickStart method as a stepping stone for com-

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petitive play. All three experts agree that by using QuickStart in 10-and-Under Tennis Tournaments, the kids are able to rally much easier using a smaller court, smaller rackets and bigger foam balls. Simplifying the game through QuickStart hopefully means that kids will continue to play as they get older, which is the ultimate goal. “Progression is gradual, but positive results are yielded quicker,” said Bromet. Before QuickStart was developed, younger tennis students had to play on a full-sized court, with bigger rackets and use normal tennis balls. For youth players in other sports, the rules and regulations

“The first time you do anything, it should be easy. This is especially true with tennis.” —Solomon Levy Bromet are often modified to make the sport easier and more enjoyable for the young athlete. Could you picture a four-year-old shooting a free throw on a 10-ft. rim or a six-year-old throwing a pitch 60 ft. from the mound to home plate? “The USTA provides us with a great overall outline of the method, but it is important to make it your own and be personal with the students,” said Wass. “It is important to develop your own system of teaching QuickStart. The more personal you make it, the more the kids get out of it and in turn, have more fun.” While having fun is the key to the QuickStart program, progressing and advancing in the sport of tennis is another big factor to the success of the program. “The first time you do anything, it should be easy,” said Bromet. “This is especially true with tennis.”


“QuickStart drills and games are limitless and can even be tailored for specific students.” —Karl Sommer Some strategies that Bromet and Sommer use in order to make the game more fun and easy, are to break the game down into its most simplest form. If a student is having trouble with the foam ball, they might use a beach ball or even a bean bag to ease the student into hitting the foam ball. If a child is too small to see over a net, they may not even put a net there and just use a line on the ground. There are countless ways to teach the program, but Bromet, Sommer and Wass keep the game personal for their students and adaptive considering each student will have their own method of learning the game. “The thing to remember is, the guidelines provided are simply a guide,” said Bromet. “QuickStart drills and games are limitless and can even be tailored for spe-

cific students,” said Sommer. “If you are able to do that, then you are able to engrain into the student’s mind that tennis is fun.” QuickStart Tennis differs from 10-andUnder Tennis in the respect that 10-andUnder promotes competitive play, while using the QuickStart method. The tournaments for 10-andUnder are specifically for children under the age of 10 who play on a QuickStart court and use QuickStart equipment. In the last 10-and-Under tournament that Sommer witnessed, he observed: “I thought I was watching a real professional match, just with smaller players.” While watching the matches, he noticed how the kids were de-

“It is important to develop your own system of teaching QuickStart. The more personal you make it, the more the kids get out of it and in turn, have more fun.” —Jason Wass

veloping tactics, working on how to win the points, and even planning ahead. “It was extremely exciting for me to see how fast these kids were progressing, it actually gave me goosebumps,” said Sommer. “The competitive nature of the matches will lead the kids to be better-prepared and more complete players in the future.” While QuickStart is meant to be fun and ease students into the game, the addition of 10-and-Under Tennis definitely adds a competitive aspect to the game for young players. “As long as young tennis players are eased into competition and are taught how to win and how to lose respectively, the competition is good,” said Wass. American tennis at the professional level is not where it was in years past, but positive strides are being made. QuickStart was the first step to gaining the interest of young players and it seems to be doing just that according to the experiences of our expert panel. If all goes according to plan, the USTA’s youth development programs through QuickStart and 10-andUnder, the next Andre Agassi and Pete

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Charitable Initiatives Tennis Community Steps Up and Serves an Ace for Autism North Shore Autism Circle charity event a success at Sportime Roslyn Photo credit: Anthony Pastecchi By Anthony Pastecchi

while watching their friends and family play alongside former pros. The North Shore Autism Circle hosted their “It’s great to see sponsors supFirst Annual Serve an Ace for Autism porting this evening as it brings a Celebrity Pro-Am tournament on Feb. 4 at great tennis event to Long Island Sportime Roslyn, sponsored by Long Island where I’ve played for my whole Tennis Magazine and Sportime. The event life,” said Corey Parr, a former New and evening were a great success thanks to York High School State Champion all who came out and supported the cause and All-American collegiate player which provides after-school and weekend at Wake Forest University. programs for children with autism. Nearly A silent auction, numerous rafThe scene inside the Sportime Roslyn lobby prior to the event $10,000 was raised for the charity. fles, a prize drawing from Liberty “The turnout tonight was amazing with some high-level tennis Travel/Sandals and autographed memorabilia from Shafran Colplayers. Most of all, this is all about raising money for a great lectibles were all part of the night’s activities. cause,” said former professional player Ilana Kloss, former numMost importantly, the event benefited a very worth cause, the ber one-ranked doubles player in the world. North Shore Autism Circle. It meant a lot for many people, inA Pro-Am tournament was played, featuring Ilana Kloss, Virginia cluding former professional Gigi Fernandez, who came up from Wade, Tim Mayotte, Corey Florida, said, “I came out today because a family member of mine Parr, Gene Mayer and Gigi is autistic and this helps support a great cause which is relatable Fernandez, all participating to me.” with players who had donated “Everyone had a great time, and we raised a lot of money for a money to the charity. great cause,“ said event coordinator Randye Hubsher recapping Off the court, everyone enjoyed a great evening. an array of delicious food and drinks from local restaurants, Anthony Pastecchi is an intern for Long Island Tennis Magazine.

Lonnie Mitchell of Sandals, along with Gretchen Stald and Mary Sperrazza of Liberty Travel, gave out raffles and prizes

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The Captain’s Code An interview with Long Island’s Super Captains By Miguel Cervantes III fter playing in the USTA for five years, this writer recently decided that he should captain a USTA team. After playing season after season of competitive adult league play, I felt I was ready to take on the duties and responsibilities of being head of a team. I could not anticipate the difficulties that lied ahead. At the beginning of the season, I made a list of friends whom I thought would play on the team. I felt I was prepared and made spreadsheets, made phone calls and sent out e-mails. I was determined to put together a team that was not only a great group of guys to play next to, but also a group that had the potential to go the distance and make sectionals. With the group I had, I knew that my first experience captaining a team would be a wild success, and at the end of the season, we would all enjoy a drink laughing about how our rookie team had done something truly special.

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After the initial enthusiasm and zeal I felt of finally captaining a team, with the expectation that we would do great things, the rug was quickly pulled out from under my feet. Nothing was as I expected. Players who had committed to my team suddenly decided that they were going to skip the season. Other players who committed to my team were approached by other teams and to my great perplexity they had chosen those other teams over mine. Where I thought I would have too many players, I all of a sudden found myself in desperate need of bodies to put out on the court. The few players I did have all had different schedules, and I found it impossible to schedule a practice for us to play together. Matches always seemed to be at a time when no one was available. Injuries surfaced, prior commitments arose, and some even had the good fortune to welcome new members into their family. None of these things were under my control, and it seemed like the task I had deemed rather easy was turning into an uphill

battle. In the end, we got through the season and although we didn’t have the success I had expected, it was an experience that I took a great deal away from. The whole experience made me realize that I had taken for granted all the captains I played for in the past. I thought it was a simple job … all you had to do was send out an e-mail, set a lineup, and enjoy the pizza after the match … but I was very wrong. This made me think about the guys that do it season after season, year after year. There are guys who consistently put out teams and play competitive tennis. How do they do it? What motivated them to do it? What did they know that I didn’t, and how did they find success where I couldn’t? The names that immediately came to mind were Long Island’s three great captains: Stephen Sombrotto, Jim Dileo and Adam Moramarco. If asked to name the best and/or most successful captains in Men’s Long Island USTA, their names would consistently top the list. I decided to bring

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my questions to them and crack the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Captainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Code.â&#x20AC;? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what they said about doing it the right way. Jim Dileo is known throughout the league as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Captain With All Those Carefree Teams.â&#x20AC;? Jim has been captaining USTA teams since 2001, had several teams go to sectionals and has been known to run as many as eight USTA teams in a single season. I asked all the captains what it was they did specifically to make their job easier when communicating with the team and was most interested in Jimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s answer as he runs multiple teams with enviable ease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The master of multitasking,â&#x20AC;? Jim Dileo uses spreadsheets and e-mail to grease the wheels of communication. For members of the team, you have to be prepared to check your e-mail at least once a day. There, you will find updates on practice opportunities, match dates/times and status updates. Players relay what matches they are available for at the beginning of the season and then are sent an email a few weeks prior to the match to let them know if they are in the lineup. Players

are given a designation of playing, unavailable or stand-by, this way there can be no confusion or mix-ups. Since he runs so many teams, Jim cannot be at every match and will designate an acting captain for a match (which it was my honor to do recently). Jim is quick to point out that it is really his players and acting captains that deserve most of the

â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are guys who consistently put out teams and play competitive tennis. How do they do it? What motivated them to do it?â&#x20AC;? credit. The acting captain of the match run the logistics of the match and are also consulted on the lineup from the players available for the day. Jim shows his acting captains and the rest of the team a great deal of respect for their time and commitment to the team which is equally returned. With Jim Dileo, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re joining a team thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

main focus is having fun. He knows that no one player on the team is playing for money or a sponsorship of any kind. Jim and his team are a laidback group of individuals who play for exercise, camaraderie, and of course, for the pure enjoyment of the game. Adam Moramarco is notoriously known in USTA/Long Island as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Captain With The Young Players.â&#x20AC;? Adam owns and operates his store, Advantage Tennis, where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s met and befriended many of his players (this author included). Adam consistently puts out some very competitive teams, season after season. His ability to match people up, assemble good lineups, and his knowledge of USTA rules makes him a feared opponent. His teams have been upstate to sectionals several times, despite only beginning to serve as a captain as of 2007. I asked all of the captains how important practice is to a teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. Adam replied that it is imperative, most especially for doubles. Adam regularly holds practices at least once a week where he can have as continued on page 62

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T H E C A P T A I N ’ S C O D E continued from page 61 many as 30 people rent out all the courts at Hempstead Lake Indoor for practice. Adam will walk around the courts, making observations so that he can streamline his lineup for any upcoming match. Practices often extend beyond the court though, often spilling over to post-practice dinner and drinks at a casual dining locale. The time off the court is almost as important as the time on the court. It builds a sense of family which Adam stresses is what motivates him to keep doing it year after year, season after season. Playing for Adam makes you a member of the Advantage Tennis family. Stephen Sombrotto is known as the “Maverick of USTA/Long Island Tennis” with his Maverick tennis community. Steve has been to sectionals multiple times and his teams are almost always found in the first or second spot in the league. His teams are always very competitive with their strong core group of players with him as head of a monster team. Perhaps more than most, Steve has promoted tennis on Long Island, bringing people together and he even managed to facilitate use of an outdoor park, Eisenhower Park, to host his home matches this past summer. Steve, more so than the other captains questioned, is a competitive captain. He runs competitive practices, scouts opposing players and teams, and brings an overall intensity that is not easily matched. When faced with the dirty question, Steve

Super Captains Stephen Sombrotto, Adam Moramarco and Jim Dileo

answered with reason and class. He says that any time you are passionate about something, it’s going to come out in the way you go about things. In one of the truest statements I received Stephen said, “A captain can shape his own experience.” Steve is a captain’s captain, putting in that little something extra which fuels the engine that is his team. Steve has been captaining his way since 2006 and that means doing it for fun, but also being competitive and trying to win the league his team participates in. If you find yourself playing against Steve, come prepared to have a tough fight on the court and also be ready to eat some good barbeque off the grill.

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While all three super captains had different opinions on various topics, the overall message on what makes a great team was the same. The secret to having a great team and being a great captain is … to surround yourself with great people. To be successful in USTA League tennis, you need reliable people. Chasing people down, sending out futile e-mails and text messages, and not holding practice just makes the experience of playing and captaining more of a job than anything else and no one wants an extra job. When you have a group of players who want to play, are easy to get along with, and have a similar focus and goal as their captain, the experience can be legendary. While my first experience as a captain was not a stellar one, my teammates were what motivated me to do it. Without them, it would have been impossible and it was a pleasure to play alongside them. What does Adam Moramarco think about the 10-Point Super Tie-Breaker? What teams does Stephen Sombrotto love to play against? What does Jim Dileo think about the ratings system? To learn more, visit www.LongIslandTennisMagazine.com to read the super captain’s interview answers.  Formerly with Daniel Burgess at Freeport Tennis, Miguel Cervantes III now teaches at the Long Beach Tennis Center and Carefree Racquet Club. He may be reached by e-mail at UnderstandingTennis@gmail.com.


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SPORTIME Kings Park Darrin Cohen—Director of Tennis 275 Old Indian Head Road • Kings Park, NY 11754 631-269-6300 www.SportimeNY.com/Kings-Park tdkingspark@sportimetfm.com

SPORTIME Roslyn Adam Mandell—Director of Tennis Landing Road, PO Box 1 Roslyn, NY 11576 516-484-9222 www.SportimeNY.com/Roslyn tdroslyn@sportimetfm.com

USTA National Tennis Center Whitney Kraft—Director of Tennis Flushing Meadows Corona Park Flushing, NY 11568 718-760-6200 • www.usta.com

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Am I the Only One Who Gets It? By Lonnie Mitchel I am out on the tennis court at 7:30 a.m. working out, and on the court next to me is a wonderful scene. Two former students, home from college, are playing doubles with the parents of one of the boys. It turns out that these two boys (one a freshman and the other a sophomore) who were only acquaintances before they went to college, ended up coincidently at the same university. They met up at college and formed a doubles team on their college club squad and it seems as though a friendship was born. The parents of one of the boys, who are avid players themselves, were playing doubles with them and they had a great match. Now I ask you, does it get any better than that? I ran into the mother of one of the boys a few weeks later, and the mom was so proud of the accomplishment and was so pleased about the network of friends which evolved from tennis. I got a text message from one of my former tennis students looking to play tennis when she gets home from college for the holidays. She also plays tennis on her col-

lege club squad and has developed a whole social network through tennis. It was wonderful to hear from her and get her involved with some matches at home during the holiday season. Again, I ask you … does it get any better than that? I have heard some feedback from previous articles I recently wrote that I am downplaying the goal of playing Division I college tennis and not embracing the training efforts of some really good tennis academies on Long Island. This is simply not true. I appreciate the programs we have here on Long Island, and I admire the caliber of players that these academies turn out. These top players deserve all of the accolades they earn for competing at such a high level. I am acutely aware of how hard it is to be a top-ranked junior and how difficult it is to play Division I collegiate tennis. My own son attends a good academy and loves to compete on a high level. I applaud these parents and kids who work hard to achieve their tennis goals. You know what I applaud more? I applaud illustrations of kids playing tennis like the ones who I talk about at the beginning of this

article. Another example of the dividends I receive as a parent far outweigh any victory my children ever earned when they compete in USTA tournaments, collegiate matches and high school matches. Recently, my older son came home from college and took my younger son on as his double partner when he got together with two other collegiate players in a socially competitive doubles game. My wife and I were smiling from ear to ear when they left the house to go play. Every penny we invested in their tennis was returned in the form of one big giant dividend. Close shop … mission accomplished! In my professional life, I have learned about the “WOW Factor” while working in sales and marketing for The Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean, and more recently, as a national account manager for Sandals and Beaches Resorts. These companies are marketing machines and continually reinvent themselves with new marketing campaigns and new ways to capture more market share and get new customers to come to their destinations and resorts. I am forced to think outside the box on a regular basis. When it comes to tennis,

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there are different ways to think on the court strategically and different ways to view our juniors—the future of our game! “Am I the Only One Who Gets It?” is the name of this article and the WOW Factor (thinking outside the box) is what I am looking for from the many tennis clubs and facilities to embrace the other students who do not aspire to play Division I tennis. I get it because most parents who sign their children up for tennis lessons hope that they develop a love for the game that stays with them forever. I want to see and hear about a kid who made their middle school or high school tennis team for the first time and also maintains a good GPA in school. For that child and family, that is a huge big deal! I want to hear that a tennis facility has 35 or so kids in their program who also play on their school teams. Which student won the club junior championship? Who was the runner-up? Which student won the junior ladders and who were the runners-up? Who entered a USTA Level II tournament and made it to the

semifinals? How many USTA-ranked juniors does that facility have?

“When it comes to tennis, there are different ways to think on the court strategically and different ways to view our juniors—the future of our game!” In addition to Division I collegiate accomplishments, the successes from other students are also important. They might be more important because, at the end of the day, the majority of any program will have these types of players. The WOW Factor is giving accolades for the variety of successes that a program can offer. The majority of audiences on the junior level are these types of players. Embrace them because your biggest dividends will come from them. Not every student will be a Division I collegiate player. The priority for

many junior development participants is to learn how to play and improve, develop a lifetime skill and a good social network. That is an accomplishment … so let’s embrace it.  Lonnie Mitchel has been teaching tennis since 1985, mostly at Carefree Racquet Club in North Merrick, N.Y. and is a USPTA Level 1 certified tennis instructor. He has produced many high school and collegiate level tennis players, including his own children, Wayne (who plays at Muhlenberg College ) and Trevor (who competes regularly on the USTA Long Island Junior Circuit, gaining the number one ranking in the 14s). Lonnie has also worked in the travel and tourism industry as a regional sales manager for 25-plus years for such companies the Walt Disney Company and Royal Caribbean International. Lonnie is now the national account manager for Sandals and Beaches Resorts. His wife, Harriet, is a club level tennis player and can often be found on the court. Lonnie may be reached by phone at (516) 414-7202 or e-mail lonniemitchel@yahoo.com.

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The Goldilocks Zone By Daniel Kresh ennis is a game where you cannot succeed if you are afraid to miss. When learning a new shot or tweaking your technique consistent success often will only follow a disappointing inconsistency. Even at the highest level of the game, players will miss shots; that being said, not all misses are “bad” misses. There is such a thing as a “good” miss. Though it may seem counterintuitive that a miss could ever be “good,” a miss that is closer to the ultimate goal is more productive than one that is further away. Generally speaking, your goal in tennis is to hit most of your shots deep into the court, pushing your opponent back and making it more difficult for them to reply with an offensive shot. So, a miss that goes a small distance behind the baseline is much more productive than a miss into the net (an exception might be the drop shot, where the ultimate goal is a very short shot). If you find yourself frequently missing a little long taking a more aggressive swing with more topspin (swinging from low to high trying to hit the edge of the ball)

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should keep the ball in and increase the height of the bounce. It is important to remember that even at a pretty high level of tennis, the majority of points will end in errors as opposed to winners, so minimizing the amount of misses into the net will force your opponent to earn more points, rather than getting them for free. Goldilocks is a story most people are familiar with, where a girl wandering into the home of a family of bears samples porridge that is too hot and too cold before coming across the porridge that is just right. The term “The Goldilocks Zone” is also used in astrophysics relating to the distance of an extraterrestrial planet from a star designating whether it conceivably could be inhabited by earthlike life. I strongly believe this term could be applied to tennis as well. I use it to refer to the height at which your shot clears the net. For me, “The Goldilocks Zone” for most shots is roughly two-and-a-half to eightand-a-half ft. above the net. Too low and a small error will result in netting the ball, too high and you will likely hit the ball long. If you have read my article “Positioning Your-

self for Victory” on page 12 of the January/February 2011 issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, then you know that this zone might vary with court positioning. The closer you are to the net, the lower you can aim over the net, and the further your are behind the baseline, the higher you can hit over the net while taking less risk. If you attempt to hit the majority of your shots in “The Goldilocks Zone” you will minimize your bad misses while finding your range for effective depth in preventing your opponent from taking advantage of you.  Daniel Kresh is a USPTA-certified tennis professional working out of Sportime in Kings Park, N.Y. where he is also the tennis concierge. He graduated from Binghamton University in May of 2009 with a bachelor of arts degree in English. While at Binghamton, he was the captain of the Club Tennis Team and was the undefeated three-time champion of the school’s biannual Intra-Club Tournament. His was also a rookie ballperson at the 2010 U.S. Open. He may be reached by e-mail at dankreshtennis@gmail.com.

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39........Nicholas Demaria ..............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 40........Rajan Jai Vohra ..................Glen Head, N.Y.

(as of 01/24/11)

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BOYS

Rank ..Name ............................City

Long Island Boys 10 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1..........Steven Well Sun ................Glen Cove, N.Y. 2..........Benjamin Grossman ..........Sands Point, N.Y. 3..........Daniel Eric Pellerito ............Syosset, N.Y. 4..........Amani Siddiqui ..................West Babylon, N.Y. 5..........Billy G. Suarez ....................Huntington, N.Y. 6..........Zachary Ian Khazzam ........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 7..........Oliver Worth ......................Locust Valley, N.Y. 8..........Neel Raj ............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 9..........Jeffrey McDonnell ..............Glen Cove, N.Y. 10........Spencer Brachman ............Commack, N.Y. 11........Robert Steven Bellino ........Huntington, N.Y. 12........David Ammendola ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 13........Eli Grossman......................Woodbury, N.Y. 14........Alec Hunter Barres ............Old Westbury, N.Y. 15........Sujay Sharma ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 16........Parker Appel ......................Locust Valley, N.Y. 17........Joey Austin ........................Hewlett, N.Y. 18........Alexander Roti....................Woodmere, N.Y. 19........Wiktor Marek Figiel ............Sea Cliff, N.Y. 20........Niles Ghaffar ......................Massapequa, N.Y. 21........Daniel Chikvashvili ............Syosset, N.Y. 22........Zachary Reid Berlin ............Dix Hills, N.Y. 23........Brandon T. Cohen ..............Westhampton, N.Y. 24........Eric Li ................................Old Westbury, N.Y. 25........Henry Bilicic ......................Locust Valley, N.Y. 26........Maxwell Moadel ................Brookville, N.Y. 27........Dylan E. Spilko ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 28........JohnChristian Matute ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 29........Michael Kaydin ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 30........John Seviroli ......................Westbury, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 12 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1..........Yuval Solomon....................Plainview, N.Y. 2..........Thomas A. Korossy ............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 3..........Mark Julian Baker ..............North Baldwin, N.Y. 4..........Austin Egna........................Port Washington, N.Y. 5..........Joonho Ko ..........................Huntington, N.Y. 6..........Steven Well Sun ................Glen Cove, N.Y. 7..........Michael Jaklitsch ..............Islip, N.Y. 8..........Brady Berman ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 9..........Amani Siddiqui ..................West Babylon, N.Y. 10........Carl Grant ..........................Water Mill, N.Y. 11........Arjun Mehrotra ..................Woodbury, N.Y. 12........Tyler Spencer Bloch............Jericho, N.Y. 13........Aaron Askowitz ..................Great Neck N.Y. 14........Ian Bank ............................Old Westbury, N.Y. 15........Daniel Weitz ......................Roslyn, N.Y. 16........Kyle C. Yaun ......................Sands Point, N.Y. 17........Matthew Franklin Porges....Sands Point, N.Y. 18........Titus Syon Sung ................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 19........Ronald P. Hohmann ............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 20........Alex Joseph Amadio ..........Smithtown, N.Y. 21........James Kyrkanides..............Stony Brook, N.Y. 22........Justin Ilan Lempert ............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 23........George Kaslow ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 24........Spencer George Bozsik ......Sag Harbor, N.Y. 25........Daniel Eric Pellerito ............Syosset, N.Y. 26........Neel Raj ............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 27........Jake Spencer Bozsik ..........Sag Harbor, N.Y. 28........William Michael Salzano ....Dix Hills, N.Y. 29........Jackson Weisbrot ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 30........Max Egna ..........................Port Washington, N.Y. 31........Lucas Larese DeSantos......Southampton, N.Y. 32........Benjamin Grossman ..........Sands Point, N.Y. 33........Adam Stein ........................Melville, N.Y. 34........Brian Shi ............................Jericho, N.Y. 35........Austin Pomerantz ..............Old Westbury, N.Y. 36........Aziz Rashidzada ................Dix Hills, N.Y. 37........Alex Grossman ..................Sands Point, N.Y. 38........Pete Siozios........................New Hyde Park, N.Y.

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1..........Cole Lafitte ........................East Setauket, N.Y. 2..........Bryant J. Born ....................Manhasset, N.Y. 3..........Andrew J. Bentz ................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 4..........Evan Kober ........................Wantagh, N.Y. 5..........Cory Seltman ....................Smithtown, N.Y. 6..........Michael James DeNigris ....Islip, N.Y. 7..........Curran Varma ....................Manhasset, N.Y. 8..........Brandon Eric Remer ..........Hewlett, N.Y. 9..........Andrew Muran ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 10........Kevin Alec Kowalsky ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11........Samuel Federman ..............Sea Cliff, N.Y. 12........Erik Joshua Klug ................Sands Point, N.Y. 13........Thomas Dacosta ................Massapequa, N.Y. 14........Raizada Bhavin Vaid ..........Old Westbury, N.Y. 15........Michael L. Schumer............Syosset, N.Y. 16........Varun Mehta ......................Hauppauge, N.Y. 17........Dylan Granat ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 18........Nasser Abdel Ghaffar..........Massapequa, N.Y. 19........Faran Nazir ........................Deer Park, N.Y. 20........Garrett Malave ..................Laurel, N.Y. 21........Matthew Bahar ..................Woodbury, N.Y. 22........Nikhil Raj............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 23........Jack Ian Lindenman ..........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 24........Benjamin Tenner ................Roslyn, N.Y. 25........Jesse M. Levitin ................Manhasset, N.Y. 26........Jonathan Staudigel ............Northport, N.Y. 27........Michael Liebman................Roslyn, N.Y. 28........Braddock Chow..................Glen Cove, N.Y. 29........Riki Ishikawa......................Woodbury, N.Y. 30........Jacob Lacks ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 31........Zane Siddiqui ....................West Babylon, N.Y. 32........Palmer T. Clare ..................North Bellmore, N.Y. 33........Jacob Ross Pion ................Roslyn, N.Y. 34........Daniel Shleimovich ............Merrick, N.Y. 35........Conner Dove ......................Baldwin, N.Y. 36........Joseph James D’Orazio......St. James, N.Y. 37........Kyle Hudson Gower ............Oceanside, N.Y. 38........Kavi Bhatia ........................Jericho, N.Y. 39........Daniel Lucian Okin ............Amagansett, N.Y. 40........Spencer George Bozsik ......Sag Harbor, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 16 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1..........Dylan Ander........................Hewlett, N.Y. 2..........Richard Mitchell ................Franklin Square, N.Y. 3..........Samuel Hajibai ..................Kings Point, N.Y. 4..........Daniel Sliwowski................Islip, N.Y. 5..........Erik Ujvari ..........................Hauppauge, N.Y. 6..........Ian Baranowski ..................Syosset, N.Y. 7..........Matthew R. Demichiel ........Hewlett, N.Y. 8..........Jesse Richheimer ..............Merrick, N.Y. 9..........Marcell Rengifo ..................Copaigue, N.Y. 10........Ian Combemale ..................Bridgehampton, N.Y. 11........Jeffrey Cherkin ..................Melville, N.Y. 12........Caleb Van Loon ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 13........Daniel Wong ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 14........Joshua Williams Gordon ....Hicksville, N.Y. 15........Connor J. Gehrke................Miller Place, N.Y. 16........Michael Hakimi ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 17........Brian Heinze ......................garden City, N.Y. 18........James Edward Heaney ......Locust Valley, N.Y. 19........Jake Horowitz ....................Smithtown, N.Y. 20........Michael A. Vera ..................Bethpage, N.Y. 21........Dylan Hobbs Appel ............Locust Valley, N.Y. 22........Michael Anthony McFelia....Huntington Station, N.Y. 23........Benjamin Mermelstein ......Northport, N.Y. 24........Roshun Patel......................Syosset, N.Y. 25........Brett Titcomb ....................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 26........Doron Saraf........................Great Neck, N.Y. 27........Julian Koby Adler................Roslyn, N.Y. 28........Jeremy Grossman ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 29........Brett Edelblum ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 30........Daniel Grunberger ..............Great Neck, N.Y.

RANKINGS

31........Aman Sharma ....................Roslyn, N.Y. 32........Derek Thomas Esposito......Stony Brook, N.Y. 33........Jack Vissicchio ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 34........Christopher Schwab ..........Seaford, N.Y. 35........Daniel Christopher Lee ......Port Washington, N.Y. 36........Gregory Rosenthal..............Syosset, N.Y. 37........Shoki Yamada ....................Port Washington, N.Y. 38........David Saxman....................Plainview, N.Y. 39........Matthew Edison Orlich ......Valley Stream, N.Y. 40........Sai Senthilkumar................Manhasset, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 18 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1..........Jacob Mishkin....................Woodbury, N.Y. 2..........Jared Drzal ........................West Sayville, N.Y. 3..........Matthew Zuckerman ..........Valley Stream, N.Y. 4..........Sloan Millman ....................Woodmere, N.Y. 5..........Sean Jagi Chhugani ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 6..........Austin Davidow ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 7..........Jason Fruchter ..................Lawrence, N.Y. 8..........Andrew O’Connell ..............Medford, N.Y. 9..........Christopher DeSimone........Centerport, N.Y. 10........Kesar Virendra Shah ..........Great Neck, N.Y. 11........Steven Ferrantello ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 12........Michael Freilich..................Lawrence, N.Y. 13........Ryan Zuckerman ................Valley Stream, N.Y. 14........William Speranza ..............Hicksville, N.Y. 15........Seth Kornfield ....................Jericho, N.Y. 16........Jonathan Sanders ..............Holbrook, N.Y. 17........Jaewon Kim ......................East Northport, N.Y. 18........Clark D. Ruiz ......................Glen Head, N.Y. 19........Ignacio Casali ....................Farmingdale, N.Y. 20........Jason Fiderer ....................Oceanside, N.Y. 21........Paul Abrudescu ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 22........Ian Combemale ..................Bridgehampton, N.Y. 23........Jason Quintana ..................Bethpage, N.Y. 24........Dennis Uspensky................Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 25........Zach Cooper ......................Holbrook, N.Y. 26........Darren Reisch ....................Floral Park, N.Y. 27........Jordan Lindenmam ............Commack, N.Y. 28........Anton Averin ......................South Setauket, N.Y. 29........JT Esposito ........................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 30........Gregory B. Gittler................Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 31........Brandon Lum ....................Great Neck, N.Y. 32........Matthew Ryan Basile..........Smithtown, N.Y. 33........Gonzalo E. Mocorrea ..........Locust Valley, N.Y. 34........Kenneth Gaudio..................Miller Place, N.Y. 35........Zachary Aboody ................Roslyn, N.Y. 36........Nick Wong..........................Jericho, N.Y. 37........Daniel Wright......................Babylon, N.Y. 38........Gregory Krolikowski ..........Massapequa, N.Y. 39........Aman Sharma ....................Roslyn, N.Y. 40........Anil Nandkumar ................East Northport, N.Y.

GIRLS

Long Island Girls 10 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1..........Trinity Chow ......................Glen Cove, N.Y. 2..........Katelyn Walker ..................Sands Point, N.Y. 3..........Francesca Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y. 4..........Julia Kielan ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 5..........Rachel Arbitman ................Hewlett, N.Y. 6..........Celeste Wang Traub............Jericho, N.Y. 7..........Merri Kelly..........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 8..........Marisa L. Menist ................Great Neck, N.Y. 9..........Emily Austin ......................Hewlett, N.Y. 10........Cara Becker ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 11........Maryam Beshir Ahmad ......Albertson, N.Y. 12........Allison Cooney....................Manhasset, N.Y. 13........Amy Delman ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 14........Kira Rose Giordano ............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 15........Kaitlyn Schwarz..................Oceanside, N.Y. 16........Alina Kowalski....................Greenlawn, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 12 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1..........Lexee Taylor Shapiro ..........Syosset, N.Y. 2..........Brynn Maris April................Dix Hills, N.Y.

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3..........Nicole Kielan ......................Valley Stream, N.Y. 4..........Olivia Rose Scordo ............Glen Head, N.Y. 5..........Trinity Chow ......................Glen Cove, N.Y. 6..........Morgan A. Wilkins ..............Syosset, N.Y. 7..........Stephanie Nakash ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 8..........Abigail Carrie Okin..............Amagansett, N.Y. 9..........Ashley Debra Yevdosin........Hewlett, N.Y. 10........Amanda Alison Foo ............Manhasset, N.Y. 11........Devika Kedia ......................East Norwich, N.Y. 12........Marisa L. Menist ................Great Neck, N.Y. 13........Courtney Kowalsky ............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 14........Francesca Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y. 15........Ayesha Jagi Chhugani ........Roslyn, N.Y. 16........Katelyn Walker ..................Sands Point, N.Y. 17........Emily Kate Shutman ..........Huntington, N.Y. 18........Celeste Wang Traub............Jericho, N.Y. 19........Cecelia Thomas Combemale ....Bridgehampton, N.Y. 20........Brooke Emily Digia ............Manhasset, N.Y. 21........Marina Bracken Hilbert ......Locust Valley, N.Y. 22........Adele Sukhov ....................Westbury, N.Y. 23........Rachel Weiss......................Great Neck, N.Y. 24........Victoria Anna Bialczak ........New Hyde Park, N.Y. 25........Julia Kielan ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 26........Taylor Hollis Ferguson ........East Quogue, N.Y. 27........Dasha Dlin ........................Glen Head, N.Y. 28........Josephine Winters..............Elmont, N.Y. 29 ........Nicole Francesca Vassalle....Port Washington, N.Y. 30........Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ......Manorville, N.Y. 31........Kaitlyn Byrnes ....................Massapequa, N.Y. 32........Alison Coben ......................Massapequa, N.Y. 33........Alexa Susan Goetz..............Greenlawn, N.Y. 34........Theodora Brebenel ............Glen Head, N.Y. 35........Merri Kelly..........................Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 14 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1..........Lauren Ann Livingston........Sands Point, N.Y. 2..........Brittany Burke ....................Garden City, N.Y. 3..........Katharine Brandow ............East Northport, N.Y. 4 ..........Elena Nitsa Maria Nastasi....Bayville, N.Y. 5..........Rhea Malhotra....................Syosset, N.Y. 6..........Aidan Owens......................Manhasset, N.Y. 7..........Lauren Difazio ....................Greenlawn, N.Y. 8..........Michele Sheila Lehat ..........Great Neck, N.Y. 9..........Bridget Elaine Harding........Northport, N.Y. 10........Julia Khan ..........................Port Washington, N.Y. 11........Julia Ciardullo ....................Locust Valley, N.Y. 12........Lexee Taylor Shapiro ..........Syosset, N.Y. 13........Katie Jane Cirella ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 14........Ryann Moelis ....................Hewlett, N.Y. 16........Taylor S. Cosme ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 17........Nicole Koskovolis ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 18........Brianna Biancardi ..............Merrick, N.Y. 19........Sofiya Tumanova ................Middle Island, N.Y. 20........Lauren B. Dolowich ............Jericho, N.Y. 21........Sophie Grace Wilson ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 22........Caroline Keating ................Huntington, N.Y. 23........Lauren J. Mayo ..................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 24........Claire Handa ......................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 25........Danielle Mirabella ..............Wantagh, N.Y. 26........Morgan Hermann ..............Garden City, N.Y. 27........Eudice Wong Chong............Port Washington, N.Y. 28........Olivia C. Funk ....................Hicksville, N.Y. 29........Vanessa L. Scott ................Dix Hills, N.Y. 30........Rosa LaCorte......................Merrick, N.Y. 31........Emily Rees ........................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 32........Brynn Maris April................Dix Hills, N.Y. 33........Laura Jean Halsey..............Westhampton, N.Y. 34........Eva Rosalia Petersen ..........Bridgehampton, N.Y. 35........Michelle Haykin..................Great Neck, N.Y. 36........Annelise Meyding ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 37........Denise Vollmer ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 38........Lauren Salzano ..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 39........Briana Krackow..................Merrick, N.Y. 40........Alana Weitz ........................Roslyn, N.Y.


LONG Long Island Girls 16 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1..........Jennifer C. Ferguson ..........Franklin Square, N.Y. 2..........Ruth Freilich ......................Lawrence, N.Y. 3..........Lara Fishbane ....................Commack, N.Y. 4..........Emma R. Brezel..................Port Washington, N.Y. 5..........Danielle Byrnes ..................Massapequa, N.Y. 6..........Erica Bundrick....................Mattituck, N.Y. 7..........Mary C. Harding ................Northport, N.Y. 8..........Nicholle Torres ..................North Hills, N.Y. 9..........Cameron Leigh Moskol ......Wantagh, N.Y. 10........Bridget Elaine Harding........Northport, N.Y. 11........Aimee N. Manfredo ............Shoreham, N.Y. 12........Laura Torsiello....................Bayport, N.Y. 13........Kristen Bomkamp ..............Northport, N.Y. 14........Brittany Burke ....................Garden City, N.Y. 15........Jennifer Glukhman ............Syosset, N.Y. 16........Taylor Rose Anderson ........Locust Valley, N.Y. 17........Hannah Goldman................West Hempstead, N.Y. 18........Yuliya V. Astapova ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 19........Danielle Lapierre ................Hicksville, N.Y. 20........Rhea Malhotra....................Syosset, N.Y. 21........Anna Poslusny....................Centerport, N.Y. 22........Jennifer Carnovale ............Massapequa, N.Y. 23........Sarah Han ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 24........Sarah Dionisio....................Shirley, N.Y. 25........Amanda Luper....................Melville, N.Y. 26........Katharine Brandow ............East Northport, N.Y. 27........Megan Tamborino ..............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 28........Zenat Rashidzada ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 29........Rachel Gastaldo ................Syosset, N.Y. 30........Rithika Reddy ....................Syosset, N.Y. 31........Alexa Graham ....................Garden City, N.Y. 32........Karen Serina ......................Islip Terrace, N.Y. 33........Lauren Ann Livingston........Sands Point, N.Y. 34........Claudia M. Ruiz ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 35........Stephanie Nakash ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 36........Holly Hubsher ....................Sands Point, N.Y. 37........Amanda Nowak..................Huntington, N.Y. 38........Karishma Ramesh Tank......New Hyde Park, N.Y. 39........Gabriella Nicole Leon..........Woodmere, N.Y. 40........Allie Rothstein ....................Plainview, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 18 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1..........Erica Bundrick....................Mattituck, N.Y. 2..........Carly Siegel........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 3..........Alyssa D. Rosello................Garden City, N.Y. 4..........Nicholle Torres ..................North Hills, N.Y. 5..........Jessica Nowak ..................Huntington, N.Y. 6..........Alyssa Lavin ......................Glen Head, N.Y. 7..........Taylor Wilkins ....................Syosset, N.Y. 8..........Amanda Seeley ..................Sound Beach, N.Y. 9..........Mary Harding ....................Northport, N.Y. 10........Veronika Paikin ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 11........Courtney Sokol ..................Floral Park, N.Y. 12........Paige J. Mintz ....................Roslyn, N.Y. 13........Jaclyn Mary Cartwright ......Deer Park, N.Y. 14........Alison Wang ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 15........Sophie Isabella Lanter ........East Rockaway, N.Y. 16........Yuliya V. Astapova ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 17........Cameron Leigh Moskol ......Wantagh, N.Y. 18........Jessica Sickles ..................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 19........Jennifer C. Ferguson ..........Franklin Square, N.Y. 20........Daria Schieferstein ............Sag Harbor, N.Y.

Boys & Girls Sectional Rankings (as of 01/31/11)

BOYS Sectional Boys 10 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 3..........Brian Shi ............................Jericho, N.Y. 10........Patrick F. Maloney ..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 13........Cannon Kingsley ................Northport, N.Y.

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14........Ronald P. Hohmann ............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 15........Neel Raj ............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 17........Daniel Eric Pellerito ............Syosset, N.Y. 21........Gardner Howe ....................Locust valley, N.Y. 22........Michael Medvedev ............Oceanside, N.Y. 24........Steven Well Sun ................Glen Cove, N.Y. 27........Billy Suarez ........................Huntington, N.Y. 30........Amani Siddiqui ..................West Babylon, N.Y. 33........Benjamin Cole Grossman ..Sands Point, N.Y. 34........Spencer Brachman ............Commack, N.Y. 38........Sujay Sharma ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 51........Joey Austin ........................Hewlett, N.Y. 56........Kyle C. Yuan ......................Sands Point, N.Y. 58........Oliver Worth ......................Locust Valley, N.Y. 59........Niles Ghaffar ......................Massapequa, N.Y. 61........Eric Li ................................Roslyn, N.Y. 62........Zachary Ian Khazzam ........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 69........David Ammendola ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 80........Jeffrey McDonnell ..............Glen Cove, N.Y. 83........Daniel Chikvashvili ............Syosset, N.Y. 88........Alec Hunter Barres ............Old Westbury, N.Y. 96........Alex Bancila ......................Glen Cove, N.Y. 104......Zachary Reid Berlin ............Dix Hills, N.Y. 105......Wiktor Marek Figiel ............Sea Cliff, N.Y. 128......Philip Yunjae Chang............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 132......Henry Bilicic ......................Locust Valley, N.Y. 133......Maxwell Moadel ................Brookville, N.Y. 139......JohnChristian Matute ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 140......Dylan E. Spilko ..................Port Washington, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 1..........Brenden Andrew Volk ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 7..........Sean M. Mullins..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 8..........Finbar Talcott......................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 10........Athell Patrick Bennett ........Valley Stream, N.Y. 11........Colin Francis Sacco ............Brightwaters, N.Y. 13........Sean Patrick ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 14........Jordan Michael Bennett......Valley Stream, N.Y. 17........Alan Delman ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 19........Ryan Goetz ........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 23........Chris Kuhnle ......................Shoreham, N.Y. 29........Keegan James Morris ........Franklin Square, N.Y. 35........Rajan Jai Vohra ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 36........Patrick F. Maloney ..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 39........Brian Shi ............................Jericho, N.Y. 45........Kyle Hudson Gower ............Oceanside, N.Y. 47........Daniel Shleimovich ............Merrick, N.Y. 48........Alex Grossman ..................Sands Point, N.Y. 57........Ronald P. Hohmann ............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 60........Daniel Eric Pellerito ............Syosset, N.Y. 61........Logan Beckerman ..............East Norwich, N.Y. 70........Andy Zhou..........................Commack, N.Y. 72........Michael Medvedev ............Oceanside, N.Y. 76........James Kyrkanides..............Stony Brook, N.Y. 82........Ian Bank ............................Old Westbury, N.Y. 83........Neel Raj ............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 84........Giancarlo Cavallero ............West Hempstead, N.Y. 87........Yuval Solomon....................Plainview, N.Y. 89........Pete Siozios........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 95........Titus Syon Sung ................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 101......Cannon Kingsley ................Northport, N.Y. 104......Justin Ilan Lempert ............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 105......Steven Well Sun ................Glen Cove, N.Y. 112......Amani Siddiqui ..................West Babylon, N.Y. 116......Zane Siddiqui ....................West Babylon, N.Y. 119......Eli Grossman......................Woodbury, N.Y. 127......Thomas Korossy ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 129......Carl Grant ..........................Water Mill, N.Y. 130......Tyler Spencer Bloch............Jericho, N.Y. 133......Jack Aaron Briamonte ........Great Neck, N.Y. 137......Mark Julian Baker ..............North Baldwin, N.Y. 142......Michael Thomas Jaklitsch ..South Setauket, N.Y. 144......Brady Berman ....................Glen Head, N.Y.

RANKINGS

Sectional Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 2..........Noah B. Rubin ....................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 3..........Lamar Remy ......................Roslyn, N.Y. 7..........Josh Silverstein..................Great Neck, N.Y. 8..........Brenden Andrew Volk ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 9..........Alexander Lebedev ............Island Park, N.Y. 19........Daniel Grunberger ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 20........Dylan Hobbs Appel ............Locust Valley, N.Y. 28........Lubomir T. Cuba ................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 37........Jonathan Paris....................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 39........Eric Wagner........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 42........Jared R. Halstrom ..............Bellmore, N.Y. 53........Conor Mullins ....................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 56........Kyle Alper ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 61........Alex Brebenel ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 63........Palmer T. Clare ..................North Bellmore, N.Y. 68........Bryant J. Born ....................Manhasset, N.Y. 72........Benjamin Rosen ................Port Washington, N.Y. 74........Kevin Cino..........................East Quogue, N.Y. 92........Zacarias Imperial................Garden City Park, N.Y. 101......Cory Seltman ....................Smithtown, N.Y. 105......Cole Laffitte........................East Setauket, N.Y. 106......Andrew J. Bentz ................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 111......Dennis Uspensky................Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 113......Finbar Talcott......................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 124......Chris Kuhnle ......................Shoreham, N.Y. 125......Joshua Williams Gordon ....Hicksville, N.Y. 131......Nikhil Raj............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 135......William Scribner Bader ......Water Mill, N.Y. 142......Andy Zhou..........................Commack, N.Y. 145......Travis Leaf ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 146......Evan Kober ........................Wantagh, N.Y. 147......Jesse Levitin ......................Manhasset, N.Y. 149......Sean Mullins ......................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 2..........Andrew Yaraghi ..................Mill Neck, N.Y. 3..........Josh Levine........................Syosset, N.Y. 5..........Noah B. Rubin ....................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 7..........Aidan Talcott ......................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 9..........Howard J. Weiss ................Great Neck, N.Y. 12........Samuel Lam ......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 16........Vihar Shah ........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 23........Brendan Henry ..................Massapequa, N.Y. 24........Ofir Solomon ......................Plainview, N.Y. 25........Ethan Bogard ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 31........Kevin Katz..........................Woodbury, N.Y. 32........Philip Daniel Antohi ............Glen Head, N.Y. 33........Douglas Notaris..................Wantagh, N.Y. 34........Alexander Schidlovsky........Sea Cliff, N.Y. 35........Eric Bertuglia......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 44........Brandon T. Stone ................Melville, N.Y. 48........Lamar Remy ......................Roslyn, N.Y. 50........Alex Sacher........................Glen Head, N.Y. 62........Conor Dauer ......................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 63........Josh Silverstein..................Great Neck, N.Y. 66........Austin Davidow ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 75........Daniel R. Grinshteyn ..........Hewlett, N.Y. 84........Matthew R. Demichiel ........Hewlett, N.Y. 87........Jeremy Dubin ....................Southampton, N.Y. 90........John P. D’Alessandro..........Northport, N.Y. 91........Zachary A. Lessen ..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 95........Tyler J. Hoffman ................Sayville, N.Y. 100......Daniel Wong ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 105......Conor Mullins ....................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 107......Mark Daniel Temporal ........Carle Place, N.Y. 109......Doron Saraf........................Great Neck, N.Y. 116......Benjamin Q. King................East Meadow, N.Y. 119......Julian Alexi Zlobinsky ........Greenvale, N.Y. 120......Brian W. Slivonik ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 122......Clark D. Ruiz ......................Glen Head, N.Y. 128......Erik Ujvari ..........................Hauppauge, N.Y. 130......Michael Paul ......................Baldwin, N.Y. 132......Dylan Hobbs Appel ............Locust Valley, N.Y.

139......Alexander Lebedev ............Island Park, N.Y. 147......Jeffrey Cherkin ..................Melville, N.Y. 149......Ian Baranowski ..................Syosset, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 4..........Josh M. Levine ..................Syosset, N.Y. 5..........Andrew Yaraghi ..................Mill Neck, N.Y. 11........Bert Vancura ......................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 15........Matthew O. Barry ..............Lido Beach, N.Y. 22........Jensen H. Reiter ................Syosset, N.Y. 24........Eric Rubin ..........................Lido Beach, N.Y. 26........Eric Ambrosio ....................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 29........Alex Tropiano......................Laurel Hollow, N.Y. 33........Howard J. Weiss ................Great Neck, N.Y. 37........Zachary Morris ..................Garden City, N.Y. 44........Jonahiby Tauil ....................Valley Stream, N.Y. 46........Shaun Bernstein ................Plainview, N.Y. 47........Jonathan Defrancesch........Manhasset, N.Y. 50........Noah B. Rubin ....................Rockville 61........Kevin A. Katz ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 66........David Greenbaum ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 67........Alan S. Pleat ......................Roslyn, N.Y. 70........Adam S. Gottlieb ................Great Neck, N.Y. 71........Jason Hubsher ..................Sands Point, N.Y. 75........Austin Blau ........................Roslyn, N.Y. 78........Eric Sumanaru ..................Middle Island, N.Y. 84........Harrison R. Digia ................Manhasset, N.Y. 93........Oliver Loutsenko ................Bellmore, N.Y. 94........Matthew J. Richards ..........Bayport, N.Y. 97........Dennis Zlobinsky................Greenvale, N.Y. 98........Austin Davidow ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 99........Michael T. Puntillo ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 103......Paul Abrudescu ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 104......Sean Jagi Chhugani ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 113......Clark D. Ruiz ......................Glen Head, N.Y. 115......Brendan Henry ..................Massapequa, N.Y. 126......Alexander Friedlich ............Great Neck, N.Y. 127......Conor Dauer ......................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 130......Richard Sipala....................Quogue, N.Y. 133......Sloan Millman ....................Woodmere, N.Y. 135......Jacob Mishkin....................Woodbury, N.Y. 139......Jared Drzal ........................West Sayville, N.Y. 140......Alexander Schidlovsky........Sea Cliff, N.Y. 144......Darren Reisch ....................Floral Park, N.Y. 145......Jason A. Fruchter ..............Lawrence, N.Y.

GIRLS Sectional Girls 10 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 1..........Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ......Manorville, N.Y. 4..........Lea Ma ..............................Dix Hills, N.Y. 7..........Francesca Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y. 11........Julia Kielan ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 15........Celeste Wang Traub............Jericho, N.Y. 16........Alexa Susan Goetz..............Greenlawn, N.Y. 20........Merri Kelly..........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 29........Maryam Beshir Ahmad ......Albertson, N.Y. 30........Katelyn Walker ..................Sands Point, N.Y. 36........Rachel Arbitman ................Hewlett, N.Y. 38........Marisa Menist ....................Great Neck, N.Y. 41........Trinity Chow ......................Glen Cove, N.Y. 48........Amy Delman ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 49........Emily Austin ......................Hewlett, N.Y. 57........Cara Becker ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 74........Allison Cooney....................Manhasset, N.Y. 77........Kira Rose Giordano ............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 83........Kaitlyn Schwarz..................Oceanside, N.Y. 87........Alina Kowalski....................Greenlawn, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 3..........Madison Battaglia ..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 6..........Alexa Graham ....................Garden City, N.Y. 14........Celeste Rose Matute ..........Amityville, N.Y.

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Sectional Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 5..........Ola Mally............................Franklin Square, N.Y. 14........Isabella Pascucci................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 15........Paulina Tafler......................Oceanside, N.Y. 19........Madison Battaglia ..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 22........Alexa Graham ....................Garden City, N.Y. 26........Mia M. Vecchio ..................Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 29........Shanice Nadia Arthur..........Glen Head, N.Y. 31........Morgan Hermann ..............Garden City, N.Y. 36........Claudia M. Ruiz ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 42........Cameron Leigh Moskol ......Wantagh, N.Y. 45........Taylor S. Cosme ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 53........Rachel Gastaldo ................Syosset, N.Y. 56........Karen A. Serina ..................Islip Terrace, N.Y. 64........Aimee N. Manfredo ............Shoreham, N.Y. 71........Bridget Elaine Harding........Northport, N.Y. 73........Lauren Ann Livingston........Sands Point, N.Y. 90........Michele Sheila Lehat ..........Great Neck, N.Y. 91........Brittany Burke ....................Garden City, N.Y. 93........Elena Nitsa Maria Nastasi ..Bayville, N.Y. 94........Nicole Koskovolis ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 96........Olivia C. Funk ....................Hicksville, N.Y. 110......Katharine Brandow ............East Northport, N.Y. 115......Esther Chikvashvili ............Syosset, N.Y. 118......Julia Ciardullo ....................Locust Valley, N.Y. 121......Rhea Malhotra....................Syosset, N.Y. 143......Katie Jean Cirella ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 149......Aidan Owens......................Manhasset, N.Y. 150......Julia Khan ..........................Port Washington, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 5..........Katherine Yau ....................Manhasset, N.Y. 8..........Hannah L. Camhi................Woodbury, N.Y. 16........Nadia Smergut ..................East Hampton, N.Y. 21........Julia Elbaba ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 22........Sophie R. Barnard ..............Mill Neck, N.Y. 24........Vivian Cheng ......................Woodbury, N.Y.

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38........Morgan C. Feldman ............Glen Head, N.Y. 43........Paulina Tafler......................Oceanside, N.Y. 47........Stephanie Loutsenko..........Bellmore, N.Y. 48........Ola Mally............................Franklin Square, N.Y. 56........Claudia M. Ruiz ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 60........Alison Wang ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 64........Nicholle Torres ..................North Hills, N.Y. 67........Sunaina Vohra ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 68........Sara Finger ........................St. James, N.Y. 69........Taylor A. Diffley ..................Hampton Bays, N.Y. 70........Madison Battaglia ..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 76........Mia M. Vecchio ..................Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 92........Rithika D. Reddy ................Syosset, N.Y. 93........Rachel Gastaldo ................Syosset, N.Y. 94........Melissa Carlay....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 98........Bianca Posa ......................Valley Stream, N.Y. 103......Claudia Li ..........................Jericho, N.Y. 104......Zenat Rashidzada ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 109......Aimee N. Manfredo ............Shoreham, N.Y. 113......Erica Bundrick....................Mattituck, N.Y. 116......Jennifer Ferguson ..............Franklin Square, N.Y. 117......Lila Martz ..........................Long Beach, N.Y. 124......Emma R. Brezel..................Port Washington, N.Y. 125......Laura Torsiello....................Bayport, N.Y. 127......Mary C. Harding ................Northport, N.Y. 128......Gabriella Nicole Leon..........Woodmere, N.Y. 131......Yuliya V. Astapova ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 138......Julia Zhuang ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 144......Ruth Freilich ......................Lawrence, N.Y. 146......Cameron Leigh Moskol ......Wantagh, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 4..........Katherine Yau ....................Manhasset, N.Y. 9..........Hannah L. Camhi................Woodbury, N.Y. 10........Theresa Smith....................Port Washington, N.Y. 11........Jacqueline Raynor..............Garden City, N.Y. 20........Shelby Talcott ....................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 33........Stephanie Loutsenko..........Bellmore, N.Y. 38........Missy Edelblum..................Roslyn, N.Y. 42........Julia Elbaba ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 44........Samantha L. Elgort ............Melville, N.Y. 59........Samantha Rosca-Sipot ......Malverne, N.Y. 66........Nadia Smergut ..................East Hampton, N.Y. 72........Morgan Feldman ................Glen Head, N.Y. 75........Ludmila Yamus ..................Melville, N.Y. 78........Devlin-Ann Ammendola......Massapequa, N.Y. 81........Taylor A. Diffley ..................Hampton Bays, N.Y. 84........Melissa Carlay....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 87........Carly Siegel........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 91........Jessica Nowak ..................Huntington, N.Y. 95........Samantha Gann..................Massapequa, N.Y. 96........Alison Wang ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 102......Nicholle Torres ..................North Hills, N.Y. 107......Ashley Sandler ..................Jericho, N.Y. 111......Claudia M. Ruiz ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 114......Paige J. Mintz ....................Roslyn, N.Y. 122......Jennifer Fridman ................Port Washington, N.Y. 128......Mia M. Vecchio ..................Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 129......Olivia Pascucci ..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 131......Alyssa D. Rosello................Garden City, N.Y. 132......Sophie Barnard ..................Mill neck, N.Y. 133......Vivian Cheng ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 136......Lila B. Martz ......................Long Beach, N.Y. 149......Daria Schieferstein ............Sag Harbor, N.Y.

Boys & Girls National Rankings (as of 02/16/11)

BOYS

National Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ............................City 4..........Brenden Andrew Volk ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 86........Sean Mullins ......................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.

RANKINGS

97........Sean Patrick ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 111......Finbar Talcott......................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 150......Athell Patrick Bennett ........Valley Stream, N.Y. 186......Ryan Goetz ........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 215......Colin Francis Sacco ............Brightwaters, N.Y. 216......Jordan Michael Bennett......Valley Stream, N.Y. 286......Chris Kuhnle ......................Shoreham, N.Y. 330......Alan Delman ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 390......Keegan James Morris ........Franklin Square, N.Y. 427......Rajan Jai Vohra ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 533......Ronald P.Hohmann ............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 656......Daniel Shleimovich ............Merrick, N.Y. 736......Brian Shi ............................Jericho, N.Y. 747......Daniel Eric Pellerito ............Syosset, N.Y. 798......Kyle Hudson Gower ............Oceanside, N.Y. 826......James Kyrkanides..............Stony Brook, N.Y. 860......Logan Beckerman ..............Muttontown, N.Y. 869......Patrick Maloney ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 934......Michael Medvedev ............Oceanside, N.Y. 937......Neel Raj ............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 986......Andy Zhou..........................Commack, N.Y.

756......Jonahiby Tauil ....................Valley Stream, N.Y. 757......Alexander Friedlich ............Great Neck, N.Y. 875......Adam S. Gottlieb ................Great Neck, N.Y. 938......David Greenbaum ..............Great Neck, N.Y.

GIRLS

National Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ............................City 80........Alexa Graham ....................Garden City, N.Y. 223......Claire Handa ......................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 287......Celeste Rose Mautute ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 473......Stephanie Chikvashvili........Syosset, N.Y. 499......Jasmine Olivia Abidi ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 605......Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ......Manorville, N.Y. 634......Courtney B. Kowalsky ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 751......Merri Kelly..........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 983......Francesca Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y.

National Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ............................City

National Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ............................City 71........Josh Silverstein..................Great Neck, N.Y. 107......Brenden Andrew Volk ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 124......Alexander Lebedev ............Island Park, N.Y. 200......Daniel Grunberger ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 216......Lubomir T. Cuba ................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 267......Jared Halstrom ..................Bellmore, N.Y. 278......Eric Wagner........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 285......Jonathan Paris ..................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 500......Dennis Uspensky................Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 716......Kyle Alper ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 738......Bryant J. Born ....................Manhasset, N.Y. 865......Benjamin Rosen ................Port Washington, N.Y.

National Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ............................City 49........Noah B. Rubin ....................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 50........Howard J. Weiss ................Great Neck, N.Y. 69........Aidan Talcott ......................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 97........Samuel Lam ......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 156......Vihar Shah ........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 178......Ofir Solomon ......................Plainview, N.Y. 195......Ethan Bogard ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 291......Alexander Schidlovsky........Sea Cliff, N.Y. 337......Kevin A. Katz ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 415......Conor A. Dauer ..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 433......Douglas Notaris..................Wantagh, N.Y. 591......Lamar Remy ......................Roslyn, N.Y. 618......Brandon T. Stone ................Melville, N.Y. 624......Philip Daniel Antohi ............Glen Head, N.Y. 661......Julian Alexi Zlobinsky ........Greenvale, N.Y. 718......Austin P. Davidow ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 856......Stanislav Korshunov ..........Oceanside, N.Y. 949......Josh Silverstein..................Great Neck, N.Y. 971......John P. D’Allesandro ..........Northport, N.Y. 987......Conor Mullins ....................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.

National Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Players

153......Isabella Pascucci................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 171......Madison Battaglia ..............Cold Spring harbor, N.Y. 175......Ola Mally............................Franklin Square, N.Y. 212......Paulina Tafler......................Oceanside, N.Y. 296......Mia M. Vecchio ..................Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 489......Shanice Nadia Arthur..........Glen Head, N.Y. 490......Taylor Cosme ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 503......Karen A. Serina ..................Islip Terrace, N.Y. 564......Claudia M. Ruiz ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 752......Alexa Graham ....................Garden City, N.Y. 808......Cameron Leigh Moskol ......Wantagh, N.Y. 858......Morgan Herrmann ..............Garden City, N.Y. 901......Aimee Manfredo ................Shoreham, N.Y. 995......Bridget Elaine Harding........Northport, N.Y.

National Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ............................City 47........Julia Elbaba ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 52........Hannah L. Camhi................Woodbury, N.Y. 108......Vivian Cheng ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 162......Nadia Smergut ..................East Hampton, N.Y. 215......Sophie R. Barnard ..............Mill Neck, N.Y. 436......Morgan C. Feldman ............Glen Head, N.Y. 563......Stephanie Loutsenko..........Bellmore, N.Y. 835......Ola Mally............................Franklin Square, N.Y. 873......Paulina Tafler......................Oceanside, N.Y.

National Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ............................City 115......Julia Elbaba ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 136......Shelby Talcott ....................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 143......Theresa Smith....................Port Washington, N.Y. 145......Hannah L. Camhi................Woodbury, N.Y. 155......Katherine Yau ....................Manhasset, N.Y. 355......Jacqueline Raynor..............Garden City, N.Y. 494......Stephanie Loutsenko..........Bellmore, N.Y. 633......Samantha L. Elgort ............Melville, N.Y. 762......Morgan Feldman ................Glen Head, N.Y. 833......Samantha Rosca-Sipot ......Malverne, N.Y.

Rank ..Name ............................City 143......Josh M. Levine ..................Syosset, N.Y. 144......Andrew S. Yaraghi ..............Mill Neck, N.Y. 154......Bert Vancura ......................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 189......Eric Rubin ..........................Lido Beach, N.Y. 196......Jensen Reiter ....................Syosset, N.Y. 201......Shaun Bernstein ................Plainview, N.Y. 209......Matthew O. Barry ..............Lido Beach, N.Y. 304......Howard J. Weiss ................Great Neck, N.Y. 306......Eric Ambrosio ....................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 384......Alex Tropiano......................Laurel Hollow, N.Y. 397......Jonathan Defrancesch........Manhasset, N.Y. 451......Zachary Morris ..................Garden City, N.Y. 504......Noah B. Rubin ....................Rockville Centre, N.Y.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. MARCH 2011 Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 & March 11-13 +L1 RWTTC Eastern Designated Closed Championship L5 SE Robbie Wagner Tournament Training at Glen Cove 60 Sea Cliff Avenue • Glen Cove, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix BG (14)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $70.38 per player for one event/$71 for two events (deadline for entries is Monday, Feb. 21 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 759-0505. Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 & March 11-13 +L1 Sportime Roslyn Eastern Designated Closed Championship L5 SE Sportime Roslyn Landing Road, P.O. Box 1 • Roslyn, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix B (12)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $70.38 per player for one event/$71 for two events (deadline for entries is Monday, Feb. 21 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222. Friday-Sunday, March 11-13 L3 Sportime Bethpage Championship Sportime Tennis Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (18-12)s Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500. Friday-Sunday, March 11-13 L2R Long Island Regional Huntington Championship Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Street • Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18,12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 25 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040. Friday-Sunday, March 11-13 L2R Long Island Regional Deer Park Championship Deer Park Tennis Center 30 Burt Drive • Deer Park, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (16)s, SE Surface: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 25 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 667-3476.

Friday-Sunday, March 11-13 L2O LBTC March Madness Championship Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (10)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Sunday, March 11-13 L2R Long Island Regional World Gym Championship World Gym Racquet & Sports Arena 384 Mark Tree Road East Setauket, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (14)s, SE Surface: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 751-6100. Saturday, March 12 10U & 8U Sportime Syosset Championship Sportime-Syosset 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Quick Start BG (10-8)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 364-2727. Friday-Sunday, March 18-20 L3 Roslyn Sportime Eastern UPS Championship Sportime Roslyn Landing Road, P.O. Box 1 Roslyn, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (16-10)s, RR Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222. Friday-Sunday, March 18-20 L1B Sportime Syosset Championship Sportime-Syosset 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-14)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 364-2727.

Friday-Sunday, March 18-20 LBTC Men’s Senior Championship Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked M (35-80)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $28 per player/$65 per doubles team (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Sunday, March 18-20 L2O Sportime Massapequa Championship Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (14)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550. Friday-Sunday, March 18-20 L1B LBTC Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (12)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per singles player/$28 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Sunday, March 25-27 L2R Long Island Regional Huntington Championship Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Street Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (16-14)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040. Friday-Sunday, March 25-27 L2O Hempstead Lake Championship Hempstead Lake Indoor Tennis Center 525 Eagle Avenue West Hempstead, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18,12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 486-2165.

Friday-Sunday, March 25-27 & April 1-3 +L1 Point Set Eastern Designated Closed Championship L5 FIC Point Set Indoor Racquet 3065 New Street Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix B (18)s, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $50 per player/additional $25 for players qualifying or accepted directly into the main draw (deadline for entries is Monday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 536-2323. Friday-Sunday, March 25-27 & April 1-3 +L1 RWTTC Eastern Designated Closed Championship L5 FIC Robbie Wagner Tournament Training at Glen Cove 60 Sea Cliff Avenue Glen Cove, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix B (16)s, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $50 per player for one event/ additional $25 for players qualifying or accepted directly into the main draw (deadline for entries is Friday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 759-0505. Friday-Sunday, March 25-27 & April 1-3 +L1 Sportime Bethpage Eastern Designated Closed Championship L5 FIC Sportime Tennis Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix B (14)s, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: Entry Fee: $54.25 per player/$25 extra for players accepted directly into the main draw (deadline for entries is Monday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500. Friday-Sunday, March 25-27 & April 1-3 +L1 Kings Park Eastern Designated Closed Championship, USTA L5, FIC Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix G (14)s, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player/additional $25 for players qualifying or accepted directly to the main draw (deadline for entries is Monday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 269-6300.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. Friday-Sunday, March 25-27 & April 1-3 +L1 Sportime Lynbrook Eastern Designated Closed Championship L5 FIC Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road • Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix B (12)s, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $50 per player/additional $25 for players qualifying or accepted directly into the main draw (deadline for entries is Monday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 887-1330. Friday-Sunday, March 25-27 & April 1-3 +L1 Roslyn Eastern Designated Closed Championship L5 FIC Sportime Roslyn Landing Road, P.O. Box 1 • Roslyn, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix G (12)s, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $50 per player/additional $25 for players qualifying or accepted directly into the main draw (deadline for entries is Monday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222. Saturday-Sunday, March 26-27 L3 Sportime Massapequa Eastern UPS Championship Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway • Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (18-10)s Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550. APRIL 2011 Friday-Sunday, April 1-3 L3 Sportime Syosset Championship Sportime-Syosset 75 Haskett Drive • Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (18-10)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 364-2727. Friday-Sunday, April 1-3 L1B LBTC Spring Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-16)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player for singles/$27.38 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

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Friday-Sunday, April 1-3 L1B Sportime Massapequa Challenger Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (14-10)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550.

Friday-Sunday, April 15-17 L2O Sportime Massapequa Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (14-10)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550.

Friday-Saturday, April 22-23 L3 Sportime Lynbrook Eastern UPS Championship Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road • Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (14-10)s, RR Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 8 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 887-1330.

Friday-Sunday, April 8-10 L2O Ross Tennis Academy Championship Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 907-5721.

Friday-Wednesday, April 15-20 L1 Port Washington Spring Classic Port Washington Tennis Academy 100 Harbor Road Port Washington, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 883-6425.

Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 L2O LBTC Championship Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(18-16)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player for singles/$27.38 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, April 8 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Sunday, April 8-10 L1B Sportime Bethpage Championship Sportime Tennis Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-16)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Monday-Wednesday, April 18-20 L1B Sportime Kings Park Challenger Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-12)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player for singles/$25 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Monday, April 4 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 269-6300.

Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1 L3 LBTC Eastern UPS Championship Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (18-12)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Sunday, April 8-10 L2R Long Island Regional Long Beach Championship Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-14)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player for singles/$27.38 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Thursday-Sunday, April 21-24 & Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1 L1 Sportime Syosset Championships Sportime-Syosset 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Championships G (18-10)s Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 364-2727.

Friday-Sunday, April 8-10 L2R Long Island Regional Sportime Roslyn Championship Sportime Roslyn Landing Road, P.O. Box 1 Roslyn, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (14-10)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Thursday-Sunday, April 21-24 & Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1 L1 Point Set Hard Court Championship Point Set Indoor Racquet 3065 New Street Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Championships B(18-10)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 8 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 536-2323.

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Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1 LBTC NTRP Spring Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked NM (Op,2.5-4.5)s, SE; NW (2.5-4.0)sd, SE; NM (3.0-4.5)d, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player for singles/$27.38 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Tuesday, April 26 at 11:59 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1 & May 6-8 L2R Long Island Regional Huntington Ryan Kelly Memorial Championship Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Street Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-10)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040.


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